This week, we will study the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth, who were the parents of John the Baptist, the great prophet who was the forerunner of Jesus.
In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest of Abijah’s division named Zechariah. His wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in God’s sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord. But they had no children because Elizabeth could not conceive, and both of them were well along in years.
When his division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, it happened that he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense. At the hour of incense the whole assembly of the people was praying outside. An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. (Luke 1:5-11)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Zechariah and Elizabeth were the parents of John the Baptist and relatives of Mary. They were good people who sought to order their lives after God’s commandments. God noticed their faithfulness and gave them a son, even in their old age. He also made them part of God’s plan to redeem all of humanity. Their son became a great prophet who prepared God’s people for the coming of the Messiah.
God always rewards faithfulness. Sometimes the reward is immediate; other times, it comes later. But faithfulness never passes God’s notice. Occasionally we can doubt whether our hard work has had any result. The lives of Zechariah and Elizabeth serve as a reminder to us. Theirs was a lifetime of obedience, yet the reward came at the end. But what a reward it was! God’s gift far surpassed their expectations.
Lord, teach me to remain steadfast in obedience. Remind me that faithfulness never passes your notice. Let my life of obedience be useful to you in the building up of your kingdom.