Women of the Word: the Woman Who Lifted Up Her Voice

Jesus taught many crowds about many spiritual matters during His time on earth. During one such instance, He was teaching on prayer and then about Beelzebul. As He was speaking, Luke 11:27-28 says that a woman lifted up her voice and called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”

What was Jesus’ response?

He said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Was the woman wrong to consider Mary, the mother of Jesus, blessed? No, not at all, for Mary was indeed blessed. In Luke 1:39-45, the mother of John the Baptist, Elizabeth, is the first to proclaim Mary’s blessedness. “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!” she says. “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

In His response to the woman, Jesus was not correcting her words or denying them or rebuking them. Rather, He was improving upon them. He gave her, and all who were listening, a more accurate understanding of why one would be blessed and what it means to be blessed.

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Women of the Word (Recap 12)

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When God created woman, He made a very special creation. He made us beautiful and unique. He made us strong and resilient, gutsy and spirited, sassy and sweet. And He loves us. God really, really loves His girls. And the Bible is filled with many women – some good, some bad – all of who God made, who God loved, and who we can learn many lessons from.

So far in our Women of the Word series, we have looked at over 120 different female figures in the Bible. They all have something to teach us. So, (drum roll, please). Here is our twelfth series recap:

View the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninthtenth, and eleventh series recaps.

Women of the Word: Mary, Mother of John Mark

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Acts 12 recounts one of several instances in which Peter was miraculously delivered from prison. In the middle of the night, an angel appeared to Peter, freed him from his chains, and led him out into the city. Peter thought that it was all a dream, but when the angel left him and he found himself standing alone in the middle of a street, then he knew for sure that God had sent His angel to deliver him. Verse 5 of this chapter says that while Peter was kept in prison, prayer was made without ceasing by other Christian believers unto God for him. One of the places where prayer was being made for him was at the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark. Verse 12 reads:

And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

To read about another woman who makes an appearance in this Scripture passage, see Rhoda; but first, here’s what we can learn from Mary, mother of John Mark. Continue reading

Women of the Word: Mary, the Woman With an Alabaster Flask

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Matthew 26:6-13 gives a quick summary of this event in Jesus’ ministry. John 12:1-8 gives more detail by telling us that this woman who anointed Jesus the Christ was Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, who sat at His feet. When Judas Iscariot and some of the others complained about Mary’s actions, Jesus said: “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me…For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial.”

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As Was Mary, So Are We

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In Luke 1:28-38, the angel Gabriel arrives to give Mary a special announcement. Besides telling her that she was going to give birth to a Son and call His name JESUS, he also told her three other things. First, Gabriel told Mary that she was highly favoured. Second, he told her the Lord was with her. Third, Gabriel told Mary that she was blessed.

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5 Elements of the Christmas Story

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The birth of Jesus the Christ is what makes the holiday season the most wonderful time of the year. Read the full account of the miraculous Incarnation in the New Testament Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Let’s look at some elements for why this is part of the greatest story ever told.

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Women of the Word: Mary, the mother of Jesus

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Mary is perhaps the most popular woman in the Word. Perhaps the most popular woman in Biblical history. After all, she is partly responsible for birthing, feeding, watching over, and raising the greatest Man Who ever lived and the Saviour of the world. Countless songs, articles, books, and poems have already been written about Mary and there are multiple lessons that we can learn from her life; so, we won’t try to say anything new here. Below are three important lessons we can learn from the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

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