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Wise Women [12-13-20]

Since the Wise Men didn't visit Jesus and his family until he was 1-and-a-half or 2-years-old, we're not going to talk about them. Instead, we're going to talk about three wise women of Christmas.

The first, obviously, is Mary. She was wise beyond her years for all kinds of reasons. There is also Anna. Here's what Luke 2:36-38 says about Anna:

And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Those are both marvelous pieces to the Christmas story. I realized we could spend one Sunday on each of them. But for our purposes, they will be the background voices as we examine the place of the third wise woman, Elizabeth, in the Christmas story.

Herod was the king of Judah. Judah was the southern kingdom, of which Jerusalem was the capital. When Herod was the king of Judah, there was a priest named Zechariah. Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth, were righteous and godly people. The Bible says, "Their lives pleased God." There was one thing they lacked, though. They had no children. Elizabeth was unable to conceive, so now they were old and childless.