terça-feira, 16 de abril de 2013

Zechariah

By Rafael Jácome
Fonte: Life Application Study Bible

   Zechariah, a Jewish priest, was told before anyone else that God was setting in motion his own visit to earth. Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth, were known for their personal holiness. They were well suited to doing a special work for God. But they shared the pain of not having children, and in Jewish culture this was considered not having God’s blessing. Zechariah and Elizabeth were old, and they had stopped even asking for children.
 
   One day while on duty at the Temple in Jerusalem, Zechariah received an unexpected blessing. He was chosen to be the priest who would enter the Holy Place to offer incense to God for the people. Suddenly, much to his surprise and terror, he found himself face to face with an angel. The angel’s message was too good to be true! But the news of the coming Savior was eclipsed by doubts about his own ability to father the child the angel promised him. His age spoke more loudly than God’s promise. As a result, God prevented Zechariah from speaking until the promise became a reality.
     The record of the prayer in Luke 1 is our last glimpse of Zechariah. Like so many of God’s most faithful servants, he passed quietly from the scene once his part was done. He becomes our hero for those times when we doubt God and yet are willing to obey.We gain hope from Zechariah’s story that God can do great things through anyone who is available to him. Strengths and accomplishments
● Known as a righteous man
● Was a priest of God
● One of the few people to be directly addressed by an angel
● Fathered John the Baptist Weakness and mistake
● Momentarily doubted the angel’s promise of a son because of his own old age Lessons from his life
● Physical limitations do not limit God
● God accomplishes his will, often in unexpected ways Vital statistics 
● Occupation: Priest
● Relatives: Wife: Elizabeth. Son: John the Baptist.
Key verses: “Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations. They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old” (Luke 1:6-7). Zechariah’s story is told in Luke 1.

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