SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS

by Aaron Parks | Dec. 16, 2018

“In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.”

LUKE 1:39-40 ESV

“In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” Luke 1:39-45 ESV

Have you ever experienced something and simply wanted to be near someone who understood what you were going through? Perhaps you looked around and it seemed like no one really understood. You longed for that one, safe person with whom you could relate. I imagine Mary experienced some similar feelings. Gabriel visits her and explains that she will have a baby, and that baby will be the Son of God. She knows that she is a virgin, pledged to be married. It is an impossible situation to explain because she knows how it will look. She was probably experiencing a wide range of emotions that would be difficult for anyone to help her sort through.

Luke tells us that Mary “arose and went with haste” to visit her relative, Elizabeth. Why Elizabeth? And why was Mary in such a hurry? Gabriel, who visited Mary to tell her of her pregnancy, gave Mary a sign that what he was saying was true. He told her that her relative, Elizabeth, was 6 months pregnant, even in her old age.

“You longed for that one safe person with whom you could relate.” 

First, I think Mary went to be with Elizabeth for confirmation of the validity of what the angel said. If Elizabeth, who was beyond childbearing years, was truly pregnant, then Mary could trust what was said to her. Immediately upon Mary’s arrival, Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, proclaimed blessings on Mary and the child she would bear. Elizabeth had not been told that Mary was pregnant! She could have only known by the Lord’s revelation. God provided confirmation for Mary.

Second, I think Mary visited Elizabeth for support and encouragement. Because of what the angel had said, Mary knew that Elizabeth would understand the situation and believe her. They could relate to one another in a way that no one else could. One was too old to be pregnant, the other a virgin. They could relate to the joy of unexpected pregnancies. Elizabeth provided care for Mary during an unsure time in her life.

God used Elizabeth to confirm and strengthen the faith of Mary as He tasked her with bearing the Savior of the World. He provided someone who could relate to what she was going through, so she wouldn’t feel alone. God cared for Mary in the smallest of details. He provided support and encouragement. He does the same for us. He may not provide someone who has experienced every single thing we have, but He has given us the church, a body of believers to be the hands and feet of Jesus to one another. How can we open our lives up to one another to not only strengthen one another’s faith but also to provide encouragement and support in difficult situations? Has someone been an Elizabeth to you? Maybe you need to reach out and thank them for what they have meant to you.

Today’s Reading: Luke 1:39-45

3 Comments

  1. Darla Beller

    Beautiful insight. As a body we are gifts for one another. In order for someone to turn to us for comfort we have to be available and approachable. We have to intentionally make time to get together and not just say “Let’s get together sometime”, but then never do it.

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  2. Joy Newberry

    Aaron,
    Thank You for your inspiration.
    This parallels “The Women of Christmas” by Liz Curtis Higgs.
    A lovely group of ladies and I just finished a book study on this.
    What an awesome God we have!
    Christmas and New Year Blessings!

    Reply
  3. Robyn

    Love this! What a great challenge.

    Reply

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Someone Who Understands

BY: Aaron Parks | Dec. 16, 2018

“In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.”

LUKE 1:39-40 ESV

“In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” Luke 1:39-45  ESV

Have you ever experienced something and simply wanted to be near someone who understood what you were going through? Perhaps you looked around and it seemed like no one really understood. You longed for that one safe person with whom you could relate. I imagine Mary experienced some similar feelings. Gabriel visits her and explains that she will have a baby, and that baby will be the Son of God. She knows that she is a virgin, pledged to be married. It is an impossible situation to explain because she knows how it will look. She was probably experiencing a wide range of emotions that would be difficult for anyone to help her sort through.

Luke tells us that Mary “arose and went with haste” to visit her relative, Elizabeth. Why Elizabeth? And why was Mary in such a hurry? Gabriel, who visited Mary to tell her of her pregnancy, gave Mary a sign that what he was saying was true. He told her that her relative, Elizabeth, was 6 months pregnant, even in her old age.

First, I think Mary went to be with Elizabeth for confirmation of the validity of what the angel said. If Elizabeth, who was beyond childbearing years, was truly pregnant, then Mary could trust what was said to her. Immediately upon Mary’s arrival, Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, proclaimed blessings on Mary and the child she would bear. Elizabeth had not been told that Mary was pregnant! She could have only known by the Lord’s revelation. God provided confirmation for Mary.

Second, I think Mary visited Elizabeth for support and encouragement. Because of what the angel had said, Mary knew that Elizabeth would understand the situation and believe her. They could relate to one another in a way that no one else could. One was too old to be pregnant, the other a virgin. They could relate to the joy of unexpected pregnancies. Elizabeth provided care for Mary during an unsure time in her life.

God used Elizabeth to confirm and strengthen the faith of Mary as He tasked her with bearing the Savior of the World. He provided someone who could relate to what she was going through, so she wouldn’t feel alone. God cared for Mary in the smallest of details. He provided support and encouragement. He does the same for us. He may not provide someone who has experienced every single thing we have, but He has given us the church, a body of believers to be the hands and feet of Jesus to one another. How can we open our lives up to one another to not only strengthen one another’s faith but also to provide encouragement and support in difficult situations? Has someone been an Elizabeth to you? Maybe you need to reach out and thank them for what they have meant to you.

Today’s Reading: Luke 1:39-45

3 Comments

  1. Darla Beller

    Beautiful insight. As a body we are gifts for one another. In order for someone to turn to us for comfort we have to be available and approachable. We have to intentionally make time to get together and not just say “Let’s get together sometime”, but then never do it.

    Reply
  2. Joy Newberry

    Aaron,
    Thank You for your inspiration.
    This parallels “The Women of Christmas” by Liz Curtis Higgs.
    A lovely group of ladies and I just finished a book study on this.
    What an awesome God we have!
    Christmas and New Year Blessings!

    Reply
  3. Robyn

    Love this! What a great challenge.

    Reply

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