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Walking Faithfully With God
Bible Passage Luke 1:5-17
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books Chronicles, Exodus, Luke, Malachi, Numbers.

Walking Faithfully With God

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached December 12, 2022

5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest of the course of Abijah, Zacharias by name; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

6 Now they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord.

7 But they did not have a child, as Elizabeth was barren; and both were well advanced in age.

8 And it came to pass that in fulfilling his priestly service before God in the order of his course,

9 According to the custom of the priestly service, it fell to him by lot to burn incense when he entered into the temple of the Lord.

10 And all the multitude of the people outside were praying at the hour of the burning of incense.

11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.

12 And when he saw the angel, Zacharias was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

13 But the angel said to him, “Fear not, Zacharias, because your supplication has been heard; and your wife Elizabeth shall bear a son to you, and you shall call his name John.

14 And he shall be a joy and exultation to you, and many shall rejoice at his birth.

15 For he shall be great before the Lord. And he shall never drink wine or strong drink in any form, but he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb.

16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

17 And he shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, was a priest. Because all male descendants of Aaron were priests, there were, even in Old Testament times, too many priests for the amount of work to be done. David, therefore, divided them into twenty-four divisions, and each division served for two weeks each year. Zechariah belonged to the division of Abijah (Luke 1:5; compare 1 Chron 24:1-19).

That notwithstanding, all priests would be required for duty during the Feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles, which together would account for the remaining four weeks of the year; see Exodus 23:14-17.)

Each morning and each evening one priest was chosen by lot to go into the temple and burn incense while the people outside praying. Priests valued this duty as something they would probably do only once in a lifetime; but for Zechariah, the joy of the occasion was mixed with personal disappointment, as his own prayers had not been answered. He and his wife Elizabeth had prayed for many years that God would give them a child, but they were still childless (Luke 1:6-10).

If a wife had no children, Jews thought that God was punishing her and her husband. The woman would feel both sad and ashamed. Other women, who had children, would think of her as a wife of no value. Even today, childless couples become a mockery and the subject for discussions. They do not find it easy living in the community.

While Zechariah was carrying out his priestly duties, God showed him that his prayers would now be answered. Elizabeth would have a child, to be named John, who would become a special messenger from God to his people. He would be equipped by God’s Spirit for his ministry, and he would live under the restrictions of a person set apart for God (Luke 1:11-15; compare Num 6:1-8).

John’s task was to call the people of Israel to repentance. If they responded to his preaching, they would be united in spirit with their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would be ready to welcome the Messiah (Luke 1:16-17; compare Mal 4:5-6).

The name John means ‘God is showing kindness’. The words ‘full of the Holy Spirit’ mean that John will have the power of God’s Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will guide him and help him in all that he does. But that will be after John did not drink wine or strong drink. So it means hard drinks will replace the place of the Holy Spirit.

🔷 There is nothing that God cannot do in your life

🔷 We need to keep praying to commit our needs to the hands of God. He will surely answer them

🔷 We should be dedicated to the work of God, out of which we shall receive the answer to our prayers and the blessings of God

🔷 Drunkenness will sack the presence of God and the Holy Spirit from your life

💥 Pray that you’re able to walk faithfully with God
💥 Pray for those after the fruit of the womb

When we remain faithful to God and walk in His way, He will not leave us in the dark but guide us and honour us in the presence of all people. Do not grow faint in your good work and faithfulness to God, and He will guide you in every situation and make you smile.

In series Bright Morning Reflections