“Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.”
She gave birth to a son.
“And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.”
She was the mother of John the Baptist.
“And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.”
She saw that there was something different about her son.
“And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.”
His father, Zacharias, was filled with the Holy Ghost and proclaimed that their child had a specific purpose.
“And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;”
“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
She would raise the voice in the wilderness.
“For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”
She raised him to have boldness.
“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”
She raised him to point others to Christ.
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Elisabeth also serves as an example that sometimes our greatest ministry is in not what we do, but who we raise.
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