Luke Lesson 3
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When Mary decided to surrender to God’s plan, she immediately went to Elizabeth, who would be the only person that could understand what God was doing in her life. They found mutual encouragement from one another and their time of fellowship was filled with worship: a celebration of God’s Faithfulness. Meanwhile, Zechariah’s doubt was replaced with expectation as he watched his wife carry the fulfillment of all that the angel had told him. Throughout Elizabeth’s pregnancy, he still couldn’t speak, but his heart was undergoing a spiritual renewal that would prepare him for the sacred task of raising a prophet. When the baby arrived, Zechariah and Elizabeth broke with tradition and did not name their son after a family member. Instead, they named him John: in accordance with God’s word and plan for his life. Immediately Zechariah’s tongue was loosed and he began proclaiming words of faith. While not much is said about John’s youth, the Bible says that he “became strong in spirit”, thanks in large part to Zechariah and Elizabeth’s faithful impartation of God’s purpose for him and their careful, consistent instruction concerning God’s will. Like Mary, we need spiritual mentors who can show us, by example and experience, how to live faithfully in the world today. Like Elizabeth, we need to pour ourselves into the next generation so they can be prepared to follow God. Like Zechariah and Elizabeth, we need to reject the powerful forces of cultural trends and traditional rules when they conflict with God’s revelation. Will we be courageous enough to let God work through our lives?

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