In Luke 1, God chose two women in very different stages of life to go through similar miracles together. He knew Mary and Elizabeth would need each other for encouragement. An unconventional close friendship was born. They didn't have much else in common - or did they?

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~ Today’s Scripture Art and mini Bible study on Luke 1:45 are designed to help you write God’s Word on your heart. ~

In the first chapter of Luke, we meet the interwoven lives of two women who are very different in age as well as season of life.

In today’s day and age, they would be unlikely close friends.

If I were to take an unofficial poll, how would you answer these questions …

  • Do you prefer to spend time with different age groups or mainly just your own?
  • Do you prefer a Bible study with people of similar stages in life or a wide variety of stages?
  • Are you involved in any kind of mentor/mentee relationship (whether organized or organic)?

Just as I suspected.

Of course I know there are a lot of practical reasons that we prefer to hang out with our own age group.

But we can learn a lot from Elizabeth and Mary. So let’s do a quick …

Mini Bible study of Luke 1:45

Luke 1:36-40 (ESV): And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.

Mini Bible study of Luke 1:45

God chose two women in very different stages of life to go through similar miracles together. He knew they would need each other for encouragement. An unconventional close friendship was born. They didn’t have much else in common – or did they?

They both had a similar reaction to God’s unbelievable calling.

Elizabeth gave all the glory to God for her miraculous pregnancy later in life.

Luke 1:25 (CSB): “The Lord has done this for me. He has looked with favor in these days to take away my disgrace among the people.”

Mary praised the Lord for her miraculous virgin pregnancy.

Luke 1:49 (ESV): for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

They both were exceptionally obedient.

Luke 1:5-6 (ESV): In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.

Luke 1:38 (ESV): And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

They both genuinely believed.

Luke 1:43-45: And why is this granted to me [Elizabeth] that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she [Mary] who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

They both were encouragers.

Luke 1:56 (ESV): And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.

Luke 1:42 (NASB): And she [Elizabeth] cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

I just have to pause for a second and smile at that “loud voice.” Have any friends like that? Or maybe you are that friend! {grin}

In Luke 1, God chose two women in very different stages of life to go through similar miracles together. He knew Mary and Elizabeth would need each other for encouragement. An unconventional close friendship was born. They didn't have much else in common - or did they?

So you see, when you look at the most important things – the things of God, you may have more in common with an older/younger woman than you think!

And I have no doubt that Mary and Elizabeth learned a lot from each other. We can learn volumes from other Christian women in different stages of life from our own. If we’ll seek it out. Mary went with haste to go see Elizabeth, right?

Today I want to follow their lead and encourage you to intentionally look for an unconventional different-stage-of-life friendship. Let them know the biblical qualities you see growing in them – and encourage them! Invite them to lunch. Sit by them in church. Or just make a phone call. You will be blessed, and so will they.

I even have a special card you can send them!

Pray about who God wants you to send it to – and let me know how it goes!

P.S. It would make a nice Mother’s Day card too!

*My prayer for you is … that this blog will inspire you to open your Bible every single day to seek God’s face and write His Word on your heart – because HE’S the key to lasting heart change!
In Luke 1, God chose two women in very different stages of life to go through similar miracles together. He knew Mary and Elizabeth would need each other for encouragement. An unconventional close friendship was born. They didn't have much else in common - or did they?

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