“Do not be afraid, Zechariah, the angel said, “God has heard your prayer” Luke 1:13 Eyewitness.
Eyewitness: Numbers 6:3, Malachi 4:5-6, Luke 1:5-25, pp.18,19
In your Bible: Numbers 6:3, Malachi 4:5-6, Luke 1:5-25
The ancestry of Joseph and Mary is recorded in Matthew and Luke. The ancestry of Zechariah and Elizabeth is also recorded in Luke. The sons of these two couples would turn the hearts of man back to the Father God. Selah.
Prayers Heard by God
Zechariah and Elizabeth were very old and considered beyond the age of child bearing. However, they continued to pray for a son. Zechariah was chosen by lot to fulfill his priestly duties at the Temple. As he entered the Holy Place to burn incense, an angle appeared before him and spoke to him. “Do not to be afraid, Zechariah,” the angel said. “God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give birth to a son. You must name him John” (Luke 1:13 Eyewitness).
Yes, Zechariah was paralyzed with fear and he questioned the angel if this message was possible. “I am Gabriel, sent from God to bring you this good news. Because you have not believed me, you will be unable to speak a word until the day of your son’s birth” (Luke 1:19a Eyewitness).
A Priest and a Message
Gabriel told Zechariah the mystery about this child:
- He will bring great joy to his parents (v 14)
- Many will rejoice at his birth (v 14)
- He will be recognized by God as a great man (v 15)
- But, he must never drink wine or fermented beverages (v 15)
- Before birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit (v 15)
- He will turn many Israelites back to the Lord their God (v 16)
More of what this child would do:
- Go in the spirit and power of Elijah (v 17)
- Soften the hearts of fathers to their children (v 17)
- Cause the rebellious to accept godly wisdom (v 17)
- Prepare the people [Jews and Gentiles] for the Lord’s coming (17)
Zechariah and Elizabeth rejoiced in the miraculous answer to their prayer. They knew this child was a gift from God. No longer did they bear the disgrace of childlessness. Against Jewish tradition, but as the messenger told them, they named their son John.
Prayer: Father, thank you the promise of hearing our prayers.
Questions: How do you know God hears your prayers? When is it right to question God? Or is it?