· Luke wrote this letter so that we might have “certainty concerning the things you have been taught.”
· Zechariah & Elizabeth had been faithful followers of God, but still had no children well into their advanced years.
· The angel brought news of hope, not only for Israel, but specifically to Zechariah and his wife.
· John was filled with the Holy Spirit from birth and his mission was to prepare the way for the Lord, Israel’s Messiah.
· Zechariah’s first instinct was to doubt the message, and thus he couldn’t speak
· Mary questioned the angel because she was a virgin, but she believed it would happen.
· This contrast’s the simple faith of a young girl with the wavering faith of the seasoned priest.
· Elizabeth’s miracle conception in old age confirms the possibility of Mary’s virgin conception.
· Mary spent the beginning of her own pregnancy with Elizabeth (3 months – most likely until Elizabeth gave birth).
· Mary’s song focuses on the theme that God chooses the small and humble to do great things.
· When John was born as the angel said, then Zechariah could speak.
· Everyone knew that something special was going to happen through John.
· The first part of Zechariah’s prophesy has to do with the coming of the Messiah.
· The second part of Zechariah’s prophesy has to do with John preparing the way for the Messiah.
· John grew not only as normal children do, but in the strength of the Holy Spirit.
· This special child and then man had an upbringing in the wilderness.
I think the first impression I get from this passage is that God is good. He may work at His own pace and timing, but fundamentally He is good and likes to bless His people.
The second, thing that sticks out to me is that though God appreciates those who seek and honor Him, the thing that pleases Him the most are those that will act on His instructions in faith. More than anything He wants us to trust Him and believe He will do what He said He will do.
In response, I think I need to be more thankful for the blessings in my life, and patient to wait on God’s timing. I need to work on trusting Him and that He really has my best interests in mind. I also need to remember that He works through those who believe not necessarily those who are able. When I think I can’t do something or that I am not the best person for the job, that doesn’t limit me from doing it. If God has called me to do it, He is more than capable of accomplishing His work through me. My job is to believe and follow Him in simple faith.
Thank You for loving me and pouring out Your blessings on me. Forgive me for being impatient and not trusting Your plan and will for my life. Help me to hear Your voice, trust Your guidance, and walk boldly in Your ways. May my life today be marked, not by my ability to do good stuff, but by my simple trust in You that You will do good through me.
Most of all, thank you for entering history through Jesus my Lord, who made my adoption possible and my redemption a guarantee.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen
Posted on Thu, January 1, 2015
by joel king