As you read; there was some struggle on what I was going to name the title of this. (ironically it was named Bible Study March – then I was led to change it to above). This study is taking us directly to Jesus. Just to keep it real; the entire bible directs us to Jesus. It’s such a blessing how the Father puts everything in perspective for us to get a hold of in his Word. As stated; this is the greatest book ever written. Let’s just say this book is a superstar of books; something that every human being should read and get to know. I would challenge the skeptic and unbeliever to give it a try. I’m doing my part as I’m sure you will get to your part in getting the word out
So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? (Matthew 24:44, 45)
That brings to give this subtitle: Life-Changing Events for you and for me
Devotional Reading: Malachi 3 1-4; Background Scripture: Luke 1:57-80; Title Scripture: Luke 1:64 – His mouth was opened immediately and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, and praised God.
Prayer: Father, I pray that people would know that God is working to bring positive changes for those he love and for those who want to know him. Father let us respond to your life changing events with gratitude for the need to be positive vessels of change so that doing your will not be in vain; but that you get the glory in what you teach us in Jesus name we pray.
If you are reading this; please note that it’s truly not by accident but by the spirit of a divine purpose (The Holy Spirit _ God) that directed you to this page. Yes, it may seen peculiar but it’s okay. Truth be told if you expand your horizons if you are a unbelief or would like to challenge yourself into knowing that there just a tipsy bitty belief that you have an unexplained notion within yourself that that tells you “let me see what this Jesus is all about” welcome to club you are not alone. There are many stories of believers on how they came or stumble upon something that got them interested in seeking what is this Jesus thing. So for that I extend my “Congratulation” to you.
Luke 1:64 King James Version (KJV)
64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God!
Zacharias was the Father of John the Baptist who preached that the time is near and now “Repent” he lived and breathe relentless preaching Repent; basically, he was used by God through the Holy Spirit to preached this message.
Please read the following scriptures on this study: (Background Scripture: Luke 1:57-80) and ponder on this. As we read; the priest; Zacharias was temporarily silenced because he doubted God’s promise announced to him through the angel, Gabriel. It was promised to Zacharias that he and Elisabeth would have a son in their old age and they must name the child John. John was known as forerunner of Christ. Because of Zacharias unbelief, (that he would have child) his mouth was shut by God to become speechless until after the promised child, John was born. Being inspired and controlled by the Holy Spirit he was able to speak again v67. I felt sad for him; can you imagine seeing this promised poke at him for 9 mos but then not able to speak of the joy he must have felt and it had to be hard on Elisabeth as well or maybe it was just fine with her maybe when she asked him to do something he couldn’t respond verbally “Why do I have to do it” just being sarcastic you know how we can get with our love one. Let’s get back on track. This verse is so exciting because it’s praise points to the great redemptive work that God would do through Jesus Christ. In Christ rested all of Israel ‘s hopes, and only though Him would their deepest longings be satisfied. The message in these scriptures has so much meat in it. (1) divine visitation (The angel Gabriel) (2) redemption of the Israelite’s v68, and God raising a horn of salvation (the instrument of saving power) from the line of David v69. All these themes well all three of these are rooted in the Old Testament. Although Jesus was soon to be born as well ; the prophesy concerning him was not new. His birth was spoken (prophesied) through the holy prophets long long ago. V 71-75 indicates the expectation of when the Messiah arrived. Luke 4:16:30 tell us God promise to deliver his people from their enemies including human and spiritual forces. God loves and still loves his chosen people. Please note that all of God Promises are Yea and Amen.
I like Matthew Henry Commentary below to give you some background on John.(after reading this – it seems fitting to add to my title now in the heading 🙂 this is why; thank you Holy Spirit!
MH Commentary: Matthew 3:1-6 After Malachi there was no prophet until John the Baptist came. He appeared first in the wilderness of Judea. This was not an uninhabited desert, but a part of the country not thickly peopled, nor much enclosed. No place is so remote as to shut us out from the visits of Divine grace. The doctrine he preached was repentance; Repent ye. The word here used, implies a total alteration in the mind, a change in the judgment, disposition, and affections, another and a better bias of the soul. Consider your ways, change your minds: you have thought amiss; think again, and think aright. True penitents have other thoughts of God and Christ, sin and holiness, of this world and the other, than they had. The change of the mind produces a change of the way. That is gospel repentance, which flows from a sight of Christ, from a sense of his love, and from hopes of pardon and forgiveness through him. It is a great encouragement to us to repent; repent, for your sins shall be pardoned upon your repentance. Return to God in a way of duty, and he will, through Christ, return unto you in the way of mercy. It is still as necessary to repent and humble ourselves, to prepare the way of the Lord, as it then was. (Homework: read the verses I gave you above; and then locate MH Commentary and read it entirely)
In the next lesson; lets discuss more of John messages of repentance as well as why did he lived in the wilderness eating locust.
Closing Prayer: Thank you for the way Jesus birth and earthly ministry changed history. Thank you that His coming into our hearts has changed our lives and will changed those that are coming when they acknowledge and accept you as their Savior. In Jesus name, I pray AMEN