Welcome to our online Bible study as we read The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary and Anna by Liz Curtis Higgs. We continue with Chapter Two.
*Liz also recommends watching The Nativity Story DVD along with the weekly readings: “The value of watching the movie as part of your study is to offer a richer understanding of the world into which Jesus was born: the realities of Roman rule, the harshness of the taxes levied, the role Herod played, and the challenges Mary and Joseph faced. Although Anna’s story is not included, and the scenes watched each week will not always align with the chapters you’ll be reading, I do believe adding a dramatic, visual element could greatly enhance your learning experience.” Week Two’s video portion are: Scenes 6-10, ending with one of the Magi saying, “I am the wisest”
Study Questions for Week Two Chapter Two
Read Luke 1:19-25
- Zechariah was silenced for nine months of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. How might this be a challenge for them individually and as a couple? If the Lord silenced you even for a day, what lessons might you learn?
- On pages 31-32 you’ll find several possible reasons why Elizabeth remained in seclusion for five months. Which of the many suggestions seems most plausible to you, and why? Read Psalm 139:13-16, which describes God’s participation in forming an unborn child. How might those verses add deeper meaning to Elizabeth’s statement: “The Lord has done this for me.”?
- Read Ecclesiastes 7:8. If you are waiting for a blessing from God, how does Elizabeth’s story challenge you? encourage you? convict you? give you hope?
- What is something you learned about the parents of John the Baptist that you did not realize before reading this book?
Good is good, always!
- Was there something in Chapter Two that stood out to you?
- What might you discover if the Lord silenced you for a day?