Lesson Five

“A Son in Old Age”

Scripture Reference: Luke 1:5-80

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Elisabeth means God is my oath.

Elisabeth was from the family of Aaron. Elisabeth was the wife of Zacharias, the priest. Elisabeth was a wise woman who learned to depend upon God.


Both Zacharias and Elisabeth were righteous before God. They followed the law. They obeyed God in all ways. Every Jewish woman wanted the blessing of being the mother of the promised Messiah. Zacharias and Elisabeth had prayed many years for a child and now it looked hopeless because they were old in years. Though disappointed, still they continued serving the Lord faithfully. Learn to keep going no matter what happens! Do not give up!


Zacharias was burning incense before he Lord in the temple. The angel, Gabriel, appeared to him. The angel told Zacharias their prayers had been heard and Elisabeth would have a baby boy. The name of the baby would be John. Then the angel assured Zacharias they would have joy and gladness and many would rejoice at the birth of John. God commanded that the child would be special and prepare the way for the coming Lord (Luke 1:13-17). The child would be filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb. The commands of God are always true and faithful. He promised a son to be born. Zacharias was amazed and unable to fully believe the words of the angel. Therefore, Zacharias became dumb (mute – could not speak) until after the birth of John.


The angel, Gabriel, appeared to the Virgin Mary and told her she would be the mother of the Son of God (Jesus). The angel also told Mary that her cousin Elisabeth was going to have a baby. With God all things are possible (Luke 1:37). Mary went to visit Elisabeth. As soon as Elisabeth heard the voice of Mary, the baby in her womb leaped as if to welcome the baby that Mary would have. Elisabeth and the baby were both affected by the Holy Ghost (Spirit). Elisabeth honored Mary by calling her “The mother of my Lord.” Elisabeth was not jealous of Mary, but showed deep respect and love to Mary (Titus 2:3-5). They rejoiced together at what God was doing in their lives. After about three months, Mary returned to her own home. Elisabeth gave birth to a baby boy. When the baby was taken to the temple, the people wanted to name him Zacharias, the same as his father. Elisabeth said “No, his name is John. Then Zacharias, who was still mute (could not speak), wrote on a writing tablet and said, “His name is John.” Immediately Zacharias could speak again. He praised God for His goodness (Luke 1:57-66). Zacharias and Elisabeth were privileged to be the parents of John the Baptist.

A Thought to Remember – If your prayers are not answered quickly, just keep on praying. God hears, and He will answer in His time and in His way. Do not give up! With God all things are possible (Luke 1:37)!

Lesson to Learn – This lesson teaches that all things are possible with God. There is no prayer, person, or problem that is too hard for God. All things means all things. Do you have a problem or personal need in your life? Have you asked God to help?

“I can do all things through Christ.”

~ Philippians 4:13 ~

Take your burdens to the Lord and leave it there.