Key Text: Luke 1:5-79
How many couples have you heard about going through IVF to have a baby. They go through all the appointments and treatment, and sadly, no baby. Then after it’s all over, a month later, a pregnancy? How many couples have adopted a baby in resignation that they can’t have one of their own, and then after the adoption, then all of a sudden, a pregnancy! Even though Zacharias is married, he can not bring himself to believe Gabriel’s promise is true. If we can see what seems to be impossible, made possible by natural means, then why couldn’t Zacharias see what seems to be impossible by supernatural means? His faith in God’s power is absent! He knew the law and obeyed it, but he did not know the power of God. Jesus grew up to rebuke people like this, Mk. 12:24. After Elisabeth conceived and her pregnancy developed, Zacharias began to learn to accept God’s power, this motivated him to give Elisabeth a written explanation of the baby’s name. Elisabeth knew his name was to be John, v60-63.
When God’s grace was born to Elisabeth, then Zacharias blessed God. It is written in Greek, but in content, Luke put it in the counterpart form like a Hebrew Psalm, the earliest it appeared outside the Bible was in Gaul by Caesarius of Arles, appx 529AD. His words are Praise (v64), Prophecy (v67) and Adoration (v68) saying…
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he swore to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high has visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Lk 1:68-79.
This song is a celebration of God’s government of grace, the visitation of God in the form of a Savior, a Messiah, v68, 78. That is why God & Gabriel wanted the baby’s name to be John – meaning, the grace of the Lord. He wanted Zacharias to realize he didn’t deserve this baby, John was a special gift, reward and blessing. We should bless God for each one of our children, because God sees them ALL as rewards and blessings, Psalm 127:3 & Psalm 127:4-5.
This visitation was God honouring Zacharias & Elisabeth.
Spouses are taught to honor each other. 1st Pt. 3:7 & Eph. 5:33
Parents who show each other honor, are helping their children to learn how to honor them. The root cause of disrespectful children, is the disrespectful way parents treat each other! Their hearts are wrapped in foolishness, (Prv. 22:15) and we must prevent our children from growing up to be fools, (Prv. 27:22). How do we as parents train and warn our children’s hearts? Eph. 6:4. By explaining our actions of honor towards each other and by sincerely rebuking a child’s rebellion. Do we use God’s power to do this?