Women of Thanks – Three Cousins
“Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.” Luke 1:36
“God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” (…) You will conceive and give birth to a Son, and you are to call Him Jesus.” Verses from Luke 1
“It was Mary Magdalene, Salome, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.” Luke 24:10
Ok, going to tax your brain … “Still they’re cousins, identical cousins and you’ll find; they laugh alike, they walk alike, at times they even talk alike. You could lose your mind when cousins are two of a kind!!” I’ll give you a moment … Did you guess “the theme song from the 1966 Patty Duke Show?” Well, if you did you are absolutely correct! The song really doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot to this devotional but Elizabeth and Mary (from scriptural history) and Salome (from church history) were cousins too. The TV show followed the adventures of Patty and Cathy, a set of cousins who were identical in physical appearance; the Bible tells us the stories of Liz and Mary, cousins who are bearing children with divine purpose. Possibly, Salome was pregnant with James at the time; we know that John was the youngest apostle but do not know when his brother James was born.
One thing we can almost be certain of is that these cousins were women of God. Cousins whose sons would be used by God in mighty ways; John ~ who is called John the Baptist, Jesus ~ the Savior of the World, John ~ the beloved apostle of Jesus, and James ~ the first apostle to be martyred. It’s hard to think that these cousins would have been grateful women; John the Baptist was beheaded while Jesus was alive and James was martyred early in the age of the Church. They were both killed because of their love and faith in Jesus as the Messiah of the Jews, and their commitment to walking in His commands.. We know that Jesus, Mary’s son, died on a Roman cross at age 33. John lived to an old age; he wrote 5 books of the New Testament and helped the early church to develop from his headquarters in Jerusalem. We also know that Mary was cared for by Salome’s son John throughout the remainder of her life.
However, we KNOW they were thankful for their sons. Elizabeth said (v.25) “ ‘The Lord has done this for me,’ she said. ‘In these days he has shown His favor and taken away my disgrace among the people’.” She was thankful that God was giving her the gift of motherhood after she stopped believing in the dream. Mary said, (v. 47) “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Salome, loved her sons; however, she got herself in a little trouble because she had too much pride in and ambition for them. Church history tells us that she prompted them to ask Jesus, “Let one of us sit at Your right and the other at Your left in Your glory.” Although we hear little about Elizabeth after the birth of John; we know that Mary and Salome followed Jesus, along with other disciples and the twelve, as He ministered for three years. Both women stood at the bottom of the cross as He gave His life for us and were among those who discovered that He had risen from the dead!.
And, you might ask, what did the younger cousins do with the “rest of their lives?” Acts 1:14 tells us that these women of thanks were stalwarts in the early Church, “They all [the apostles and disciples of Jesus] joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.” I praise God for the scriptural women of thanks who have demonstrated strength of character from the Garden of Eden through the glorification of the Messiah!
Women of God
David was a man after Gods’ own heart,
I long to be the woman (The apple of his eye)
By Gods’ grace I surrender my life,
I belong to Jesus Christ,
He saved my soul and gives me life.
I am the woman after Gods’ own heart,
His favor and mercy will never depart.
My heart is fixed on Jesus Christ,
May I speak words of faith and words of life.
I live by faith not by sight,
May Gods’ word shine through my life.
God is merciful and full of grace,
I am his servant driven by my faith.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
I will not worship him in a form or fashion.
Woman of God connected together by our faith,
Lets stand together and take our place.
~ Patty Faye Locklear ~ Copyright © 2011 All Right Reserved
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