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Commentary On Zacharias.

July 23, 2019

cropped-12301412301.jpg“There where in the days of Herod, the king of Judah, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia, and his wife was the daughter of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth, and they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments, and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” (Luke 1:5-6).

Who was this priest named Zacharias, who’s name means ‘Jehovah has remembered,’ who burnt incense in the Temple before the Holy of Holies of the Lord God of Israel? We know by the Scriptures that he was of the division of Abijah. His duties as a priest of the Lord was to burn incense before the Lord the people could even enter the Temple to the Lord. But what kind of man was this father who would bring forth the future John the Baptist and thus fulfilling the prophetic message uttered by the Prophet Isaiah, “The voice of him crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” (Isaiah 40:3). The Scriptures indicate that he was a righteous man before God. How was this man of earth and sinful flesh righteous before his maker as the Scripture states so clearly by the hand of the future Apostle Paul in his letter to the Christian’s in Rome, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good; no, not on. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:10-12, 18). With these small moments of the Apostle Paul’s letter ringing in the ears the question remains, what made this man Zacachias so worthy of this statement from Scripture that he could be placed on the same level as Abraham’s faith? The simple answer is that he had the faith of Abraham? The man simply lived his faith and had the faith of a child that pleased the Lord. He walked in all the commandments? As if that were possible in our fallen state of being human while in our fallen natures. Yet, the Lord God of Israel decided to use this man of faith to bring forth into the world the promised messenger to herald in the coming of the Messiah.

Zacharias did what any honest man would have done when confronted by an angel of the Lord, he doubted, he questioned, he wondered at the strange tidings of the angel sent by the Lord.But he also wanted to believe in the tidings of the being standing before him in the Temple of the Lord. His doubts where not of the sinful or prideful kind. No, his doubts came from a heart that wanted to believe and had believed since he was taught as child as to the promises of the Lord via the prophets as he went about his priestly duty. Like Abraham, Zacharias in his actions where actions of faith and it was counted as righteousness because he showed faith despite his doubts at the strange message of the angel; always remember the Lord looks upon the heart. The faith of Zacharias, as well as his wife Elizabeth, was why he was declared righteous because his faith like hers was in the Lord and His promises He was to complete. His faith made him worthy because it was not of him but in the Lord God of Israel he served faithfully in the Temple.

Read the proclamation of this man in Scripture, Luke 1:67-79, and let it be understood that this man who was struck dumb for nine months came to a fuller understanding of who his wife was about to bring into the world. And that John’s mission was to be a profound fulfillment of the Scriptures. Zacharias understood that his son was a fulfillment of the prophets and the promises of the coming and longed for Messiah who was to redeem Israel. He had been struck mute to have a deeper understanding of the ways of the Lord not because he doubted but to understand the profound movement of God in the history of His people. His heart didn’t doubt as a Judas would and did doubt, he doubted as the future Apostle Thomas doubted. Thomas doubted because he wanted to believe. Zacharias was a man of righteousness and obedience to the will of the Lord and in that act of faith he was transformed. He was a vessel of the Holy Spirit to the birth and mission of his coming son, John the Baptist the greatest of all the prophets. Zacharias could himself have penned the following words of the future Apostle to the Gentiles, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1). He also could have penned the following as well, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is the cornerstone of why Zacharias could be called righteous before the Lord because his faith was not in himself. Zacharias knew this every time he stepped into the Temple to do his duty before the Lord as he remained mute those long nine months. Zacharias learned to live his faith to the fullest extent. He learned to walk in faith as Abraham had walked in faith.

REFERENCES/RECOMMENDATIONS.

Bible. (KJV).

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