The Birth and Naming of John the Baptist!!!
Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her. So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias. His mother answered and said, “No; he shall be called John.” But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.” So they made signs to his father—what he would have him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God . Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea. And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And the hand of the Lord was with him…. Luke 1::57-66
In our previous study, we considered the Song of Mary when she visited Elizabeth. We see some of the things God Looks for in the vessels He uses in building the Church which is the Spiritual body of Christ. We noted that the basic two things God Looks for are “The Fear of God and Humility”. If God can find these virtues in any Brother or Sister, He can accomplish His Purposes through Such a Person. Here we read of the Birth of John the Baptist and the controversy that arose in giving Him a Name.
Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son.: If the Lord has promised, He will surely bring it to pass. If He has said something in His Words, We can be 100% certain that He will bring it to fulfillment. He Promise Abraham a Son, He fulfilled it., He promised Zachariah a Son, He brought it to pass. If He has promised You and I something, in the Full time, He will bring it to pass. There are many amazing promises in the New testament, permit Me to Mention just a Few, : ” For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace(Romans 6:14). And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose(Romans 8:28). God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.(1 Corinthians 10:13). And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:19). And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved(Acts 2:21). For He Himself has said,“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say:“The Lord is my helper;I will not fear. What can man do to me?(Hebrews 13:5-6)”. God is not a Man that He should repent of His Words. Let God be True and everyone of Us a Liar. If the Lord has promised it, He will surely fulfill it. Let us therefore not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but rather be strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He is also able to perform(Romans 4:20-21).
When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her.: When we hear about the mercies of God to those around us, We must rejoice with them. When we see others partaking of the goodness and mercies of God, we must learn from the neighbors and relatives of Elizabeth to rejoice at such news. It is a sad thing to see Christians gossiping about the Sins and Failures of those whom the Lord had shown mercy. If the Lord has Forgiven or shown mercy to a Person, who are You to speak and gossip about it. Romans 8:31-34 says, ” Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Don’t be in Fellowship with the Devil who is the Accuser of those whom the Lord has shown mercy on(Revelation 12:10). Don’t be like the Elder Brother who was angry because the Father showed Mercy on His Younger Prodigal Brother, when He should have rejoiced(Luke 15:29). Let us therefore Rejoice greatly with those whom the Lord has shown mercy for this is what the Angels do in Heaven when a Sinner repents(Luke 15:10)
So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias. His mother answered and said, “No; he shall be called John.” But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.”: There is a great Lust in Man to call their Children by their names so as to perpetuate their names on Earth. Some grand parents love to give their Grand children their names so that they will always be remembered. So since the Father could not speak, they decided to call the Child Zachariah. But thank God for a Woman Like Elizabeth who submitted to what God has said through His Angel. She was not over excited with the new child to forget what the Lord has spoken to Her and Her Husband. She stood up for the Truth!!! She said, “No!!! He shall be called John”. We need more Women Like Elizabeth who will stand against Family traditions that contradicts God’s Word. Women who will say, “No”I will rather obey God’s word than bow to family rituals and traditions!!! Let us therefore learn to be bold like Elizabeth to stand against any tradition that is against what God has said in His Words. Not all traditions are sinful, but anyone that contradicts what the Bible teaches, we must Learn to say, “No”
So they made signs to his father—what he would have him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled. : Since they could not prevail over the Wife, they decided to see what the Husband will say. If the Devil tries to prevail against a wife and could not, He tries the Husband to see. This is why there is a Great need for Husband and wife to be strong in the Lord. If any of the Couple is weak, then the Devil can easily penetrate a family through the weak partner. Thank God Zachariah also said the same thing that Elizabeth His wife said. They are United together in words and Spirit. They have the same mind. They have become one in Flesh. Blessed is the Husband and wife who has become United like this. There is no other way married couple can shut the Mouth of the Enemies apart from being United. The Devil and all his agents marvel at such couple. Notice what Zachariah did. He asked for a writing tablet and wrote what the Lord had told Him about His Child. Since His Mouth was shut, Yet He wrote. If people will not give you opportunities to speak and preach God’s word, then Write it down. When Paul was held in Prison and could not preach, He wrote some of His epistles that has been a blessing to many generations. There are many saints who has written books while in prison because they were restricted from preaching and those books has Circulated round the world to bless millions. Let us therefore never be discouraged. If they would not give you chance to speak, write it down and share your writings just like we have been doing.
Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God . Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea.: immediately Zachariah’s mouth was opened, He praised God. If the Lord has given us a Mouth, it is so that we might sing His Praise. It is better not to have mouth than to have it and use it in singing Praise to the Devil. There are many songs that are being sang today which does not glorify the Lord but rather the Devil. There are many Christians who feel they can use the same mouth to sing Praise to the Lord and to the Devil at the same time. Yet James 3:11-12 ask, ” Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.!!!
If we use our mouth in singing Praise to the Lord, we help to saturate the fear of God among those who dwelt around us. There is no way we can affect those who live around us for Christ if all they hear us do is gossip and complain at all times with our mouth.
And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And the hand of the Lord was with him: Look at the effect of simple obedience to the word of God by Zachariah and Elizabeth. It had a long lasting effect on the people. They kept everything in their heart hoping to know what Kind of Child John would become. If we obey the Lord in bringing up our children, our Children will be a wonder to their generations. If we bring up our children in the Commandments of the Lord, then we can know for sure that the hand of the Lord will be with them. No wonder John the Baptist became the Greatest prophet in the Old Covenant(Matthew 11:11).He had Godly Father and Mother who taught Him to stand up for the truths of God’s word. John grew up bold and fearless that He could look at King Herod and say to Him, “it is not Lawful for You for you to take your brother’s wife(Mark 6:18)”. Let us therefore seek to bring up our children in the fear of the Lord till we can say boldly that, ” Look at Me and The Children whom the Lord has given unto Me, We are for Signs and for Wonders.”
Dear Friend, the Life and Family of Zachariah and Elizabeth is a great challenge to us. This was a family who lived in the Old Covenant. They don’t have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. They don’t have the Grace that has been made available to us. Yet look at how amazing they became and accomplished for God. They were of one mind and one Spirit. Their words did not contradict each other. They both stood against their family traditions that contradicts God’s word and they were able to raise up John the Baptist in the fear of the Lord. To whom More is given, More will be expected of Him. Now that the Holy Spirit is given, the Lord expects More from us. May the Lord give us Grace to have a United family and bring up our Children to be great in the sight of the Lord in Jesus name(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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