Who is Elizabeth in the Bible?
Elizabeth appears in Luke 1, and her story is an example of faithfulness in God’s plan and His timing. Elizabeth and Zechariah faithfully served God for many years. In fact, they were both found to be righteous in God’s eyes and were careful to obey his commandments. However, Elizabeth was unable to have children, which was a deep source of pain.
As they grew older and their chances of having children grew dimmer and then nonexistent, Elizabeth believed that she would never be relieved of her plight. One day when Zechariah was serving in the Temple, he was chosen to enter the sanctuary. While in the sanctuary an angel appeared to him and told him that God had heard their prayers. Elizabeth was to bear a son, and he was to be named John.
Zechariah couldn’t believe his ears, and due to his unbelief, he was unable to speak until his child was born. Elizabeth was overwhelmed with joy and believed in the kindness of God. Her cousin, Mary, would go on to give birth to the Messiah, and her son John would prepare the people’s hearts for Jesus’ arrival.