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Lesson # Luke 1:5-7
Study Material - Luke 1:5-7
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7 And they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years.
Gen. 49:10, the scepter shall not depart from Judah until Shiloh comes. Herod was a foreigner, not of the Jewish race, but was now ruling over the Jews. Shiloh is the word 'shiyloh' which stands for the messiah. Luke made it clear that this was the time of the birth of not only the Christ but also the one who would precede him, John the Baptist. The rulership had departed from the Jews. They no longer ruled themselves but were ruled by others. Over the centuries just prior to this they had fallen from the great days of David and Solomon, into a split nation, then overrun by other nations, and now were under permanent rule by outsiders. Soon they would cease to be a nation for the next nearly 2000 years. It won't be until the late 1940's that a semblance of a nation will return to the middle east, but that will not be the permanent regathering of the Jews. That regathering will occur after the second advent of Christ.
Now the two most honored men in history were Aaron and David. Both lines were faded from the picture until the time of Christ when Aaron had a son, centuries later, named Zacharias, and David as well in Jesus. One was a priestly honor, the other a royal honor.
Zacharias served on a rotating basis in the temple. The rotation was called courses in 1 Chron. 24:10. The rotation was after that of Abijah who was of the eighth rotation. Such a rotation was established so that the temple could have continuous service 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Abijah was descended from Eleazar, Aaron's eldest son.
Zacharias had a wife named Elizabeth who was also descended from Aaron and had the same name as Aaron's wife, Elisheba, Ex. 6:23. Both Zacharias and his wife walked before God in righteousness. They were both mature believers. Not sinless because no one is sinless, but they were blameless, meaning they continued in their studies of God and remained in fellowship. They both served God in their daily normal lives while Zacharias served in the temple in the function of his career.
They were childless and in their latter years. They could neither have children with each other or by others. Sexual death had overtaken their functioning parts. Elizabeth was barren, and had never had children in her entire life. Despite this flaw as some would see it, in their life, that is of not having any children, they both served God. They did not see this as a negative aspect or failure in their lives, but recognized that if God willed it they could have children, or not. And it appeared by this time that God did not will them to have children in their life time. But sometimes God drops his humor on us and laughs deeply at the results. God promotes prepared believers into positions of great honor, often times at their total surprise. Too, God may allow the hard times to continue for prepared believers as a teaching aid to others that may be witness to their life. Many watch us, but we do not see or know them.
Your life may be what most call humdrum and boring, repetitious and without apparent purpose, but If you advance to spiritual maturity, then you will not focus on the importance of your worldly life, but will focus on the importance of your spiritual life. You will soon realize that your worldly life is unimportant, and in the grand scheme of things, it could change at a moments notice. Today you could be employed, tomorrow you could be unemployed. Today you cold be in the best of health, and tomorrow you could be terminally ill. Today you could be living in the finest home and tomorrow a tornado or other natural event could remove it from the face of this earth. Everything in this life can change. Cursed if the man who trusts in man. Do not trust in this world for your future. Blessed is the man who trusts in God.
So Zacharias and Elizabeth both were in their latter years, and had lived their lives without children, which could be considered a curse by some, or even a blessing by others. Kids can be a pain at times!!! Nevertheless, they continued in their faith despite their lack of children.
So what is it you lack in your life? Money? Things? Health? Happiness? Whatever it is, the cure is spiritual growth, not things of this world. The source of power is not from this world, but from above, by means of Bible study on a regular basis and fellowship with God. Line by line you grow a little at a time. If you are faithful in the little things, your study of God's Word, then He will be faithful in the big things. Blessings in time and rewards in eternity.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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