Friday, November 4, 2016

THE SONG OF ZACHARIAH By Elvin C. Myers


THE SONG OF ZACHARIAH
By Elvin C. Myers

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:5-25; 57-80

In the first chapter of Luke we have three songs. By that  time in history, the family of priests in Israel had grown quite  large. All of them were eligible to perform temple services if  they were not defiled in some way. Priests were the  custodians of the temple sanctuary. They were divided into  eight ranks, I Chronicles 24:1-19. Zacharias belonged to a  division called the course of Abia. It was his duty to burn
incense in the sanctuary. His service would last seven days,  and then be repeated in a year. He lived in the hill country of  Judea; and when it was his turn to serve his week, he came to  officiate at the temple in Jerusalem. As Zacharias poured  incense on the hot coals and smoke filled the sanctuary, a  trumpet sounded at which time the people outside began  praying. What did Zacharias pray about? He asked God for a  son, even though he and his wife.were elderly.

Suddenly God's angel Gabriel appeared, standing at the  right side of the altar of incense. He told Zacharias that God  had heard his prayers and would grant his request. The angel  gave specific information about the son, including that he  would be forerunner of the Messiah.

When the son was born, it was a matter of public interest.  In verses 67-79, Zacharias gave a song of praise to God for  answering his prayer. Because he did not at first believe the  angel, the Lord struck Zacharias dumb. He did not speak for  nine months. His faith was restored when the son was  conceived, and his speech was restored when the son was  born. When he could speak, his first words were a song of  praise to the Lord.

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