Week Four Chapter Four O Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Read Luke 1:39-56
- Soon after Gabriel’s departure, Mary headed for Elizabeth’s house, the angel’s words surely echoing in her heart: You who are highly favored. Think of a time when you felt favored or blessed by God. Were you eager to share that experience with others? Why or why not? Did Mary need to give something to—or get something from—Elizabeth? How might each of them benefited from their three-month visit?
- Though Elizabeth was a good deal older than Mary, they were hugely supportive of each other. Do you have a younger- or older- woman in your life who builds up your faith? How does she accomplish that? How do you build up hers? What steps might you take to strengthen and enhance your spiritual relationship with others of a different generation?
- In the end neither Elizabeth nor Mary is the star of this chapter; rather the Holy Spirit takes center stage. In John 14:26 we learn that the Holy Spirit “will teach you all things.” In Acts 13:4 Barnabas and Saul were “sent on their way by the Holy Spirit.” And in Romans 15:13 we’re told we will “overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” What role does the Holy Spirit play in your life? Elizabeth and Mary were both filled with the Holy Spirit. When and where have you sensed God’s Spirit in your life? Teaching you? Sending you? Flowing through you?
- Was there something in Chapter Four that really spoke to you?