TUESDAY December 5, 2017
The Silence is Broken
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.” - Luke 1:13-14
In the days of Herod––the most vile and wicked king, Zacharias the priest served God in the temple. His wife Elizabeth was barren, and there was little hope of a child being born to the aged couple. They were both described as being righteous and blameless before God, walking in all the commandments (Luke 1:5-7).
Four hundred years of silence spanned between the pages of Malachi and Matthew. Although the Lord had not spoken through any prophet for some time, the stage was being set for the entrance of a King, but not just any king. Before His royal birth, a forerunner would prepare His way. Earlier, the Prophet Isaiah prophesized about John:
The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the deserta highway for our God.Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the Lordshall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together…” (Isaiah 40:3-5).
In God’s perfect timing, the angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias in the temple. Zacharias became afraid, but the angel told him he had come in answer to his prayer. Elizabeth would have a son, and he was instructed to call the name of the child, John (Luke 1:8-14). Never doubt God’s times of silence; He is at work behind the scenes of your life, fulfilling His plans.
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
~1 Corinthians 2:9~
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