Friday, December 09, 2005

Inspiration & connection - Lk. 1:39-45

Inspiration

Then Mary got ready and hurried to Zechariah's home in Judea's hill country and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby inside her jumped, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

She joyfully cried out: “God has blessed you more than any woman, and the child you'll give birth to is blessed! But why should I be so blessed, that my Lord's mother should visit me? When I heard your greeting, my baby jumped for joy. How blessed you are because you believed the Lord would keep his promise to you!” Luke 1:39-45 DSV - Mary visits Elizabeth


Question

1. Can we know more specifically where this town “in the hill country of Judea” is located? (1:39)

2. What bearing or implications, if any, does Luke's statement regarding "the baby" (1:41) developing within Elizabeth (who was not yet six full months along) have on the issue of the morality of abortion today?

3. Where else (1:41,44) in Luke-Acts, and in what contexts, are joy and the Holy Spirit connected?

4. In this context, what is the meaning of the phrase “filled with the Holy Spirit” (1:41) and how else is this phrase used in Luke-Acts?

5. How is the word “blessed” used throughout Luke-Acts? (1:42,45)

6. How did Elizabeth come to the knowledge that Mary was now “the mother of” her “Lord?” (1:43)

7. What other explicit references are there in Luke-Acts that what the Lord says will happen? (1:45)