Bible Stories for Adults
Mary & Elizabeth / The Birth of John
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Next Week - Jesus Rejected at Nazareth (Luke 4:16-30)
Bible Words to Remember:
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Review of Two Weeks Ago (Luke 1:1-25)
How does the historian Luke transition from the Old Testament into his story of Jesus?
What happened toward the ends of the lives of these faithful Jews?
Luke 1:8, 11, 13
Why would God send an angel just to tell an elderly couple they would have a child?
How did the angel reply when Zechariah couldn't believe what he was seeing and hearing?
What other proof was this couple given that what the angel said was true?
Review of Last Week (Luke 1:26-38)
What job is this arch-angel Gabriel assigned to next?
Luke 1:26-27, 30-31
Was Mary told anything about who this child really was?
Did Mary ask for proof or help believing this amazing announcement as Zechariah had?
How would Mary become pregnant even though it would be months before Joseph took her in?
Although she didn't ask for it, what proof did Gabriel give Mary for this impossible birth?
How faithfully did Mary accept this promise?
A Small Select Sorority (Luke 1:39-40)
With whom could Mary share this great news who wouldn't call her crazy?
Town assumed to be Hebron, a Levite town in the Judean hill country (Joshua 21:10-11)
Hebron - Promise to Isaac, circumcision instituted, Abraham's first land, David crowned,
Abraham/Sarah/Isaac/Rebekah/Jacob/Leah buried there
The Spirit's Greeting (Luke 1:41-45)
How was the promise to Mary confirmed by Elizabeth even before they saw each other?
How do we know Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and not just happy to see her relative?
What did Elizabeth say to explain how she knew Mary would be the mother of the Messiah?
How could a baby leaping in a womb be taken as a sign from God?
Did Elizabeth praise Mary for being so holy that she would bear God's Son?
Magnificat anima mea Dominum (Luke 1:46-55)
How did Mary respond to Elizabeth's strange greeting?
Hebrew poetry often used synonymous parallelism (second line reiterates the first)
What great things did Mary praise God for that He had done for her?
Was Mary boasting of herself when she said all generations will call me blessed?
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
What great things did Mary praise God for that He has done for us?
How has God scattered those who are proud and brought down rulers from their thrones?
Matthew 23:2, 5-7, 11-12 (Rom 9:30-10:4)
How do we see He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty?
Mark 10:21-23, 26-27
How does Jesus later explain these contrasts of humility and self-righteousness?
Matthew 5:6 (3-12)
(See also Proverbs 3:34; Isaiah 2:11-12, 17; Psalm 107:9)
What great things did Mary praise God for that He has done for Israel?
Why is it important to us that God has remembered to be merciful to His chosen people Israel?
Mary Surprises Joseph (Luke 1:56)
How long did Mary stay with Elizabeth?
What surprised Joseph when he welcomed his betrothed Mary back to Nazareth?
How did God protect the legal legitimacy of His only Son?
Matthew 1:20, 24-25
John Is Born and Named (Luke 1:57-66)
What happened soon after Mary returned to Nazareth?
When a birth was near, friends and local musicians would gather by the house
When a boy was born, the musicians started playing and everyone celebrated
If it was a girl, the musicians would leave quietly - Romans might throw the girl away
Double celebration at this birth - Barren Elizabeth was blessed with a son
What would happen to a Jewish boy eight days after his birth?
Neighbors and relatives would often help name a child:
Names were descriptive, parent's names were often given
What name did Elizabeth's neighbors and friends naturally want to give this child?
How were the neighbors able to get Zechariah's decision since he couldn't speak or hear?
What happened after Zechariah had officially given his son the unprecedented name John?
Writing tablet - Hollowed out wooden board filled with wax, inscribe into the wax
How did the neighbors respond to Zechariah's sudden ability to speak?
How did others respond when they heard what had happened?
Benedictus dominus deus Israel (Luke 1:67-79)
Besides the ability to speak, how else was Zechariah blessed after John was named?
Did Zechariah praise God for sending him this special son despite his old age?
Why did Zechariah praise God for coming? Didn't they believe He was always there?
If the people recognized Jesus as God come down, why did they kill Him?
Luke 19:41, 44
Did Jesus' followers understand that He came to redeem (pay the price) for Israel?
What did Zechariah say that told those around that He was speaking of the Messiah?
What did Jews think of when prophets spoke about a horn?
Daniel 7:8, 24
How would the people understand Zechariah's reference to a horn in David's house?
Benedictus (Luke 1:67-79)
How does Zechariah make sure that those listening recognized what he is saying?
What was God doing for His people by sending this Messiah?
Why was God doing this?
How well did Zechariah understand his son's role in God's plan?
What prophesy did Zechariah understand that his son John would fulfill?
Why had Zechariah sung about the Messiah when thanking God for sending John?
Is Zechariah praising God for sending John or the sun of righteousness promised in Malachi 4:2?
How would this rising sun shine on those living in darkness?
Training for Messiah's Messenger (Luke 1:80)
How was John raised in preparation for his ministry?
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