Bible Studies for Life
June 24 2018
We’ve heard the term “struck dumb.” That’s precisely what happened to Zechariah when he asked for a sign from God.
During Elizabeth’s entire pregnancy Zechariah remained mute giving him plenty of time to reflect on what Gabriel had revealed to him. After months of silence Zechariah’s first words were a song of praise to God which came after naming his son John. Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and uttered prophesy (Luke 1:67). Although Jesus had not been born at that time Zechariah spoke in the present tense. He declared God had visited His people and redeemed them. After 400 years of prophetic silence the people were receiving a new word from God. That word from Zechariah made them sit up and take notice.
Redemption was a familiar term to the Jews who knew they had been redeemed from slavery in Egypt and from captivity in Babylon. Now the Jewish people were seeking redemption from Roman control. The redemption of which Zechariah spoke was not political but spiritual. He prophesied the imminent coming of the Messiah – the One from God Who would bring redemption from sin. Zechariah reiterated the Messiah’s ancestry affirming He would be of the house of David true to Old Testament prophecy. Zechariah praised God for His mercy to the Jews by keeping His holy covenant with them through Abraham.
Zechariah then prophesied about his own newborn son John the Baptist declaring that he would go before the Lord and be called a prophet of the Most High. These were amazing prophetic words to the Jews from God. John would tell the people how to find salvation through repentance for forgiveness of their sins.
Because of God’s tender mercies we have forgiveness of sins through Jesus His atonement on the cross and His victorious resurrection. When we accept Him as our Savior and Lord we have a purpose a calling as children of Almighty God.