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Bible Passage LUKE 1:57-66
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2019 & book Luke.

Naming the Baptist

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 10, 2019

SCRIPTURE 📖 One Christ

57  When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a son.

58  Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.

59  On the eighth day they went to circumcise the child. They were going to name him Zechariah after his father,

60  but his mother said, “Absolutely not! He must be named John.”

61  Their friends told her, “None of your relatives has that name.”

62  So they motioned to the baby’s father to see what he wanted to name him.

63  He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And everyone was amazed.

64  Suddenly, Zechariah could open his mouth, his tongue was set free, and he began to speak and to praise God.

65  Fear came over all their neighbors, and throughout the hill country of Judea all these things were being discussed.

66  Everyone who heard about it kept thinking what had happened and asked, “What will this child become?” because it was obvious that the hand of the Lord was with him.

BACKGROUND ✝ One Christ
God said it so it came to pass. Elizabeth’s son was born amid much rejoicing. Thank God her family rejoiced with her but did not conclude that her child was blasphemous.

Eight days later the child was circumcised in accordance with the law of Israel. Circumcision was the covenant sign that Israel was God’s people. At this ceremony the child was usually given his name (Luke 1:57-60; compare 2:21; Gen 17:9-14; Lev 12:3 ).

The neighbours and cousins of Elisabeth were proceeding upon the usual plan of naming the child. They would have dragged down the miraculous to the ordinary, and surrounded this speciality of divine favour with all that was ancient and traditional in the family. They did not know that another and better kindred was about to be inaugurated, and in fact that the whole law of kinship was about to undergo revolution and sanctification.

Think of the particularity of divine providence in giving this child’s name. God also said unto Moses, “I know you by name” Did not Jesus call Zacchaeus by name? Could not God give every child his/her name, as well as number the hairs of the head, and take charge of all going in the world?

Zachariah confirmed the decision of Elizabeth, and so determined the name of the child, notwithstanding the wonder and apparent opposition of the neighbours and family.

When relatives tried to interfere in the naming of the child, Zechariah proved his obedience to God by insisting that the child be named John. In response God removed Zechariah’s dumbness (Luke 1:61-66; cf. v. 13, 20)

LESSONS ✍🏽 Arise Shine
🔷In His Image  We must do only what pleases God, and not human beings

🔷In His Image  Names of new borns should be picked prayerfully to reflect God.

How did Elizabeth know the child should be named John?

💥One Christ Pray for children in your family
💥One Christ Intercede for those who seek the fruit of the womb
💥One Christ Pray you accept God’s message so it comes to pass in your life

CONCLUSION 📙 Abiding In His Words
God’s plan comes appropriately. God continues to speak to us in many ways. Let’s obey.

In series Bright Morning Reflections