LESSON 1—Becoming Elizabeth
My dad’s name was Robert. Folks could call him Robert, Bob, Rob, Bobby or Robby. My Mom is Pauline. She can be Pauline, Paula or Polly. But Carol? Not much I could do with the name.
One of my very favorite names is Elizabeth because of that reason. If a woman were named Elizabeth, folks could call her Liz, Lizzy, Eliza, Beth, Betty, Bette, Betsy, Bess, Bessy, Lisa, Elsa, Libby, Liza, Ellie, Belle, Tess, Isabel and Bea. How cool is that?
Since Elizabeth is one of my favorite names, I was thrilled to study the woman who first made that name famous: John the Baptist’s mother. Elizabeth doesn’t have her own book in the Bible. She doesn’t have much written about her at all. But part of her life is preserved in the Gospel of Luke. That implies her earthly life was important eternally. So what can us modern gals learn from how Elizabeth lived her life in a big way for God?
As I’ve been writing this Bible study series With Faith Like Hers, God has pointed out one specific verse to focus on during the writing. For this book about Elizabeth He gave me
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45).
That verse echoes one of the main truths contained in the Bible. Scripture identifies and explains the character of God. It shows how—over generations—the Lord has made promises and fulfilled them. Elizabeth spoke this verse to Mary, the mother of Jesus. But it is applicable to all women. Blessed are we women who believe that the Lord will fulfill His promises! Believe it. Because He does. Luke 1:45 should be written on our hearts.
Over the next 28 lessons we will look at the life of Elizabeth. We will look at her character and her circumstances and see how to apply her lessons to our life, based on the teaching of Jesus and as supported by Scripture from both the Old and New Testaments.
During this study, please read Luke 1:5-80 which references Elizabeth. Scripture relating to her son John the Baptist can be found in Matthew 3:1-17, Mark 1:1-15 and John 1:19-37.
As we look at Elizabeth’s life, we’ll ask her to tell us her story. We will also ask God to show us how He sees us as He might have seen Elizabeth. When we understand how we are like Elizabeth and what lessons we can learn from her life, we will recognize how God might see His other women of faith. We can respond:
I am (like) Elizabeth.
For Thought and Discussion
- What did you already know about Elizabeth before starting this study?
- Why do you think Luke included Elizabeth in the history of Jesus’ ministry?
- Have you felt “blessed,” knowing God’s promises? Do you believe He keeps them? Give three examples of how God has blessed you.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for the people whose lives are recorded in Scripture. Please open our hearts and minds during this study to understand the lessons Elizabeth can teach us so we can better live lives of faith for you. Amen.