Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist

John the Baptist by James Tissot

 

 

 

 

“In the days of Herod, there was a priest named Zechariah… and his wife was Elizabeth, Though they were righteous, they had no children.”  Luke 1: 5-7

But God was aware of Elizabeth’s bareness, and promised her husband she would conceive during old age and bear a son. It was considered a reproch to be barren, and God honored the aged couple with a son, and he was named John.

The next mention of John is in the wilderness preaching a message of repentance and baptizing those who responded to the message. Jesus knew all that John was doing and went to the Jordan River to be baptized. It has been interesting to me how John the Baptist, raised in the home of a priest, later was in the wilderness eating locusts and wild honey.

I read that while Herod was having all male babies under two years of age put to death to include Jesus, and John was about six months older than Jesus, Elizabeth fled to the wilderness with her son John and he grew up as a monk.

Prayer thought: Heavenly Father, give our nation more mother like Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, This would please Jesus and we can ask this in His name. Amen

 

Doris Lisemby