Archive for March 7th, 2018

Today’s passage is all about John the Baptist’s and Jesus’ families finding out about their pregnancies, both of which were miraculous.  Zachariah and Elizabeth were too old to have children, Mary and Joseph weren’t intimate.

Zachariah’s must have known John (Jehovah has shown grace) was going to be special as the angel told him John wouldn’t drink alcohol and would be filled with The Spirit from birth – only two other people from scripture had the call to not drink from birth Solomon and Samson who undertook a Nazarite vow in dedication to God – something John would need in his future ministry.

I love the inspiring reactions of the women in this story.  Elizabeth’s reaction was to spend five months in worship and prayer, Mary’s was one of faith followed by worship.  Zachariah’s reaction was very different and reminds us of Abraham when he was told he would become a father in his old age.  It’s also very interesting to read in verse 13 – ‘But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zachariah, because your petition [in prayer] was heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son’ – This is something they had both been praying for and waiting for (I’m assuming for years) and finally God was answering their prayers.   The thing is, John had to be born then, he was born to point to Jesus, He could only have been born in that time and that place to those parents because of the key role he had to play in God’s salvation story.

Maybe Zachariah had lost hope because of the years he’d sown into prayer without seeing results.  It’s so easy to get disheartened when the things we’re praying for don’t happen immediately but we know God’s timing is perfect.  It could be God’s waiting for everything to be aligned, it could be we need to do something in preparation, or the answer could be something different (better) than what we’re praying for.

It’s also interesting that he was prevented from speaking during the pregnancy.  Why is that?  Hebrews 11:3 reminds us “the universe was prepared by the word of God…” – Words have creative power!  God commands creation into being.  I think he was prevented from speaking to show us just how creative our words are. Perhaps something we need to remember when we open our mouths?













Father God, please help me to use my words to be creative bringing in your perfect plans.  Please help me not to get disheartened in the waiting but fill my mouth with your words to speak over me and those around me.  Amen.

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