the birth of john the baptist is foretold to zechariah
And while everyone waited outside praying, Zechariah went in. And as surprised as he was to be the point man, imagine his shock (and fear!) when he saw an angel of the Lord standing there – right next to the altar of incense.
Then, the angel laid the message out. Zechariah gets the spoiler-alert, heads-up, sneak-peek of The Master Plan unfolding. He’s going to have a baby – a son. He and his barren wife, in their old age. And not just any son – one that “will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God”.
We’ll talk about Zechariah’s response tomorrow (it’s worth it’s own day), but today, let’s go back to everything leading up to this grand moment – the old and childless couple, “walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord”.
The moment in the temple wasn’t Zechariah’s one great chance to be a part of the Story. He and Elizabeth lived ready their whole lives – quiet, God-honoring lives that prepared them for this high calling, this grand honor.
Sisters, I encourage you today: Live righteously before God. Be blameless, ready for every good work that He calls you to! Live contented now to serve where you are called – your life is already a special assignment from the King!