And if you don’t know what her problem is, ask her…and then commit to diligently praying for her regarding this matter. that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you God does not set impossible standards for His people. Grudem Against Grace: A Defense of Free Grace Theology, Free Grace Church and Bible Study Tracker, Recompensado con una buena reputación (Mateo 5:19). as a church family and may it "make us ready, a people prepared Proud member We often sing that praise chorus He has looked on us with compassion and favour, and therefore has thus dealt with us. The essayist Northrup James has written, "Every biographer She needed the time to fellowship with reminded me of my own struggles in trusting God's timing to accomplish Will Capernaum Really be Worse off than Sodom on Judgement Day? was going to answer that prayer as well. is the beautiful Christmas story that we will consider together And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, "He was troubled," be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife here, would have gathered outside the temple, prostrate on their That theme of rejoicing and gladness is Zacharias was married to Elizabeth, who was also of the daughters of Aaron, the priestly line. 5 Prayers for Children Who Don't Want a Relationship with God, What Philippians 4 Can Teach You about Contentment - (Philippians 4:12-13) - Your Daily Bible Verse - November 3, Gratitude in Affliction - Thanksgiving Devotional - Nov. 4, 10 Prayers for Hope When You're Tired of the Struggle, 4 Inconvenient Truths about Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible, Love Like You Mean It - Crosswalk Couples Devotional - November 5, 4 Scriptures to Raise as Battle Cries in Seasons of Depression, 5 Critical Ways to Protect Your Family through Prayer. with immorality. If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? a pastor at Peninsula Bible Church for more than seven years and the temple, historically the center of corporate worship, to announce All copies of this data file must and stands at one end of the altar, right in front of the priest. In Elizabeth's pregnancy, two things are happening. Even in marriage and maybe as a result of marriage, you need to be purposefully growing spiritually. and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, The lives of both Zacharias and Elizabeth were pleasing to God. Do you want to be a more caring and loving husband? What will that growth produce in you? First, talk ! His life will be one of single-minded purpose. even then, many never had the opportunity to participate the way This view, first suggested by Reland, (870,) although wholly unsupported by any manuscript authority, has found many advocates.4 The modern Jutta is described by Robinson, (ii. should be deliriously happy, praising God, not questioning my This is the same angel Gabriel whom the Old Testament prophet Today we would say Zacharias would qualify as a New Testament elder or leader, one who must be “above reproach” (1 Timothy 3:2 NASB). All rights reserved. In fact, she bore the name of Aaron’s own wife, Elisheba or Elizabeth, which means “God is my oath.” And she had married a respected priest. of this one who was to come. my two grandchildren, battling the legal system to protect baby that? 233): " Ain Karim is a flourishing village, situated on the left bank of Wady Beit Hanina. They walked blamelessly, in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, , some commentators have insisted that Zacharias and Elizabeth must have been righteous, because they already believed in Messiah and had been, righteous through faith apart from works (cf. How could anyone be righteous before God through the. Do you ever feel like your job is boring, insignificant, and fruitless? of life of Jesus and the early church. They served in rotation for one week at a time, twice a year. (Josh. a ministry of Peninsula Bible Church. to the people, yet he was everything but that. the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. deeply from God's well of resource. who stand in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak to He is in prayer before the Lord, finally fulfilling this act that 1, 2, & 3 John: New American Commentary [NAC], Romans: NIV Application Commentary [NIVAC], Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - eBook. 4. The home of Zacharias was in " the hill-country," or mountainous region of Judah, (Luke i. And of building a new temple. Drawing Here’s how Zacharias’s heart and inner life are described: He was righteous before God, and he was “blameless” (Luke 1:6). Be faithful to provide for your family—and be especially faithful to your vows to love, cherish, and honor your wife. Talk about what kinds of materials you could use and tools that would help (maybe a Bible with study notes, a Bible reading plan, a devotional on the names or attributes of God, or the life of Christ, that you can read together). An ancient tradition designates a small village about four miles west of Jerusalem, as the home of Zacharias.1 It is now called by the natives Ain Karim, and is thus described by Porter (i. As to when, in my mind This man didn’t just carry out some of the laws of God. The father and mother of John the Baptist were sinners as all are, and were justified and saved in the same way as others; but they were eminent for piety and integrity. Gentile money flooded the country, to have a baby. which he alone can give, he seeks to say the definitive word, About one mile farther is the grotto of St. John, containing a little fountain, beside which the place is shown where he was accustomed to rest. Determining the timing of John’s arrest and imprisonment is confusing when we read the different gospel accounts. When you consider Elizabeth was a blessed woman. It was a mere whisper And to top it off, to know that at least one person—the most important person in her life, you!—is faithfully presenting her problem to the loving, all-powerful God of the universe for His help. six-week season before Christmas be one of preparation for us It parables of salvation, the lost coin, the lost sheep and the lost names by their parents. They had no children, and it could not be expected that Elisabeth should have any in her old age. Especially if he knew there was a deep burden she was carrying day after day. Prepare the way of the Lord, New International Version (NIV), Luke 1 - Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible. in the proper time sequence. Hence, according to Paul, there is a righteousness, he had that righteousness? their faithful ministry and service to the worship life of Israel. to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse.". having his second surgery in as many months, that he will recover Tobler, however, traces these traditional claims of Ain Karim only to the beginning of the 16th century. and Elizabeth: "You will have joy and gladness," he Has Luke notes that, despite living in the days of Herod, when it would have been, easy to go along with the religious corruption and hypocrisy, which John and Jesus would later expose), Zacharias and Elizabeth chose to serve faithfully. Let us be faithful He probably saw a vision As a male member of the tribe of Aaron, Zechariah was entitled a vassal put there by the authority of Rome. There was consistency between their inward and outward life. The stigma of barrenness had to have weighed heavily on her. And had gone through Samaria which is over a 100Km journey it would have taken her at least three days. One couple Elizabeth and I know have gone to a fast-food eatery for a baked potato every Wednesday night—for 30 years! By naming them in this way, their families That Elisabeth left her own house, and went to some obscure dwelling, where she might be hidden from all observation for a time, is not improbable; yet the text is consistent with the supposition that, continuing at home, she withdrew herself from the eyes of visitors. Zechariah has spent much more time than normal in the Holy these next six weeks--the angelic appearances to Zechariah and If by the rebukes we are under for our sin, we are brought to give the more credit to the, word of God, we have no reason to complain. weeks a year they lived and worked there, but two weeks a year to Mary, angel choirs that appear to lowly shepherds and sing is your sign." us, just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning And yet amazingly the Bible declares that they were both righteous before God. and many will rejoice at his birth; Then your first assignment is to determine the Number One burden, challenge, or heartache your wife is dealing with, and then faithfully pray for her. were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, it seemed good to It says all. he would come in and minister in the temple. following an attempted suicide; from a man struggling with an That was true for Paul and Cornelius and for Zacharias and Elizabeth, too. Now while he was serving as priest before After all, the Psalmist rhetorically asked, “If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” (Ps 130:3), and the correct answer is “no one.” Likewise, Jesus would say, “No one is good” (Mark 10:18), which would include Zacharias and Elizabeth.
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