“But the angel said unto him, fear not, Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard, and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.” Luke 1:13.
Zacharias was a priest in the days of king Herod and both he and his wife Elisabeth were faithful and righteous before God. They walked in all the commandments and ordinances of God and were blameless before him (Luke 1:5-6). We also know that they had no children because Elisabeth was barren, and they were already stricken in age (Luke 1:7). But though they were used mightily by God, (God be glorified) they remained two of the almost forgotten stalwarts of Bible. Today I would like to shine a little spotlight on this awesome couple, who were two of the humblest people in the Bible and true replicas of servanthood.
When the angel Gabriel visited Zacharias in the temple, he said something interesting, he said, “fear not, Zacharias, for thy prayers is heard, and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John” (Luke 1:13). Which tells me that he was praying for the Lord to bless them with children, and knowing the stigma of not being able to bear children in those days, who wouldn’t ask God to bless them with a child? Though they did everything together, Zacharias would have preferred to pray about this issue in private, away from Elisabeth, so that his wife would not feel dishearten in anyway.
But after Elisabeth conceived, she hid herself (Luke 1:24) for the first five months. It could have been a case where she felt shy seeing that she was old and did not know how her friends or the public would have reacted to her being pregnant at that age. But in the verse that followed (Luke 1:25) she got her strength back. She said, “thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.” I believed that God showed himself strong to her during those five months, because her husband never spoke again until after John was born (Luke 1:63-64). Though he could have told Elisabeth what happened in the temple by writing it on paper, I believe that during her time of seclusion, God encouraged her and comforted her so that she was able to rejoice. She rejoiced because she was no longer barren but has become fruitful and was no longer ashamed but was made glad.
Zacharias and Elisabeth did well. Though they knew that they would have to surrender this child over to God, they did so willing without complaining. They knew that giving birth to John was more than just to have a child, but it was for a greater purpose. He was the one to pave the way for the Messiah as spoken by the angel Gabriel. He was destined to be the voice crying out in the wilderness saying prepare ye the way of the Lord and make his paths straight (Mark 1:3). I thank God for this awesome couple Zacharias and Elisabeth, who served the Lord and remained faithful to Him even during their barren season.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Lord please help me to serve you faithfully, and to trust you wholeheartedly no matter what season I am in, in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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