Entries by suzie

Thursday 7 June, 2012

God answers their question “What then is this child going to be?” (v66), and this time Zechariah doesn’t doubt. He speaks those words out in a beautiful testimony about John and the authority with which he would testify about Jesus. The first third is about what God is doing through Jesus. He says God has […]

Wednesday 6 June, 2012

As I read this passage I am arrested by the fact that as soon as Zechariah could speak again, he was praising God.  I wonder how I would have behaved in a similar situation?  If I had been struck dumb a year previously, what would have been the first words out of my mouth?  Would […]

Tuesday 5 June, 2012

Mary has seen the evidence of the angel’s words to Elizabeth and has moved into a fuller belief of the truth of what God is doing in her life. She is not dismayed by the many possible negative implications – rejection by others for being pregnant out of wedlock – but is overcome by praise […]

Monday 4 June, 2012

Mary goes to Elizabeth her cousin’s house. Both women are pregnant, Elizabeth with John the Baptist, Mary with Jesus. Elizabeth, with seemingly no prior knowledge speaks to Mary telling her of the blessing her child will be. Her final statement “You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what He said” is […]

Sunday 3 June, 2012

Mary is: Elizabeth’s relative –News of Elizabeth’s miracle would have been an encouragement. God knits people together in his plans. A teenager. Godly. Jewish.  She may have heard about the coming Messiah of virgin birth. She’s from a small rural town called Nazareth. She is a virgin and engaged to married to Joseph. This news […]

Saturday 2 June, 2012

The story of faithful Zechariah and Elizabeth is a beautiful account of what happened in the lead up to the birth of Jesus. The account of John the Baptist’s parents gives amazing insight into the way that God can relate to children: Verse 15 says that “he will be filled with the Holy Spirit” even […]

Friday 1 June, 2012

Luke begins the account of his gospel, not discounting the work of others but rather wanting to add to it.  A decision he made to investigate, find eyewitnesses & verify everything so that Theophilus – (whether a friend, employer or Roman official is unsure) – would know the truth about Jesus.  Who Jesus was, what […]