A woman blessed among women

Luke Bible Background

03.19.2017 – New Testament: Luke 1.42–45

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 1.24–56 on March 19, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Mary went to visit Elizabeth, the wife of Zacharias, and the mother-to-be of John the Baptist. When Mary arrived, Elizabeth had this reaction,

Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Luke 1.42–45). 

Can you understand why Elizabeth spoke as she did? How would you have reacted, if Mary had come to your home? Did Mary even understand fully what role she was about to play in history?


  • If you are a disciple of Christ, is Mary greater than you?
  • How does God view you and Mary?

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