Who Would Believe This
Wow! Who Would Believe This?
“When Herod was king of Judea, there was a priest by the name of Zechariah from the priestly group of Abijah. His wife Elizabeth was from the family of Aaron. Both of them were good people and pleased THE LORD GOD by obeying all that HE had commanded. But they did not have children. Elizabeth could not have any, and both Zechariah and Elizabeth were already old. One day Zechariah’s group of priests were on duty, and he was serving GOD as a priest. According to the custom of the priests, HE had been chosen to go into THE LORD’S temple that day and to burn incense, while the people stood outside praying. All at once an angel from THE LORD appeared to Zechariah at the right side of the altar. Zechariah was confused and afraid when he saw the angel. But the angel told him: Don’t be afraid Zechariah! GOD has heard your prayers. Your wife Elizabeth will have a son, and you must name him John. His birth will make you very happy, and many people will be glad. Your son will be a great servant of THE LORD. He must never drink wine or beer, and the power of THE HOLY SPIRIT will be with him from the time he is born. John will lead many people in Israel to turn back to THE LORD their GOD. He will go ahead of THE LORD with the same power and spirit that Elijah had. And because of John, parents will be more thoughtful of their children. And people who now disobey GOD will begin to think as they ought to. That is how John will get people ready for THE LORD. Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know this is going to happen? My wife and I are both very old.” The angel answered, I am Gabriel, GOD’S servant, and I was sent to tell you this good news. You have not believed what I have said. So you will not be able to say a thing until all this happens. But everything will take place when it is supposed to.” The crowd was waiting for Zechariah and kept wondering why he was staying so long in the temple. When he did come out, he could not speak, and they knew he had seen a vision. He motioned to them with his hands, but did not say a thing. When Zechariah’s time of service in the temple was over, her went home. Soon after that, his wife was expecting a baby, and for five months she did not leave the house. She said to herself, “What THE LORD has done for me will keep people from looking down on me.” – [Luke 1:5-25, 58-80]
Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know this is going to happen? My wife and I are both very old.” – [Luke 1:18]
1.Even very strong believers will sometimes stumble through unbelief.
2.Sometimes long delays may cause us to doubt that our prayers will ever be answered. We must beware of hastily concluding that our prayers are useless, and especially in the matter in the matter of intercessory prayer in behalf of others. It is not for us to prescribe either the time or the way in which our requests are to be answered.
3.Man’s unbelief will not cancel GOD’S plans.
4.Our unbelief robs us of the joy of believing GOD for the impossible.
5.GOD disciplines stumbling believers in order that he might restore them later.