THURSDAY December 7, 2017
Unbelief in Glad Tidings
And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.” - Luke 1:18-20
Zacharias, even though he served God as a priest, questioned the possibility of having a child; because both he and his wife were elderly. He thought it very unlikely that it would happen as the angel had told him. Gabriel had a rebuke for the priest. He was an archangel who stood before the presence of God and had come from the presence of His holy throne room, as His messenger, to give Zacharias glad tidings.
As Zacharias’ heart of unbelief was revealed by the angel, he was told he would remain mute until the time that the things told to him would come to pass. The Bible is God’s infallible Word. There are many prophecies given in the Old Testament concerning the certain events surrounding Christ’s birth and the actual birth of Jesus Christ, that were fulfilled in the New Testament.
The odds of God’s Word coming to pass are impossible by human terms, but 2 Peter 1:20-21 assures us of the Scriptures infallibility:
…knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of Godspoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Despite all the evidence, how many people choose not to believe God’s Word and the glad tidings of the Gospel message He brings to us?
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed,which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place…
~2 Peter 1:19~
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