Luke 1:57-66 – Elizabeth Gives Birth To John
LK1:57 Now Elizabeth’s time came to fulfillment for her to give birth, and so she bore a son. LK1:58 Now her neighbors and relatives heard that YHWH had shown His mercy to her and they rejoiced together with her. LK1:59 Then the time arrived on the eighth day that they went to circumcise the child. They all wanted to name him Zechariah. LK1:60 But, his mother answered and said: “No! He will be called ‘John’!” LK1:61 Then they all said to Elizabeth: “No one among your relatives is called by that name.” LK1:62 So they motioned to the baby’s father and asked him what he wanted to name the boy. LK1:63 Then Zechariah asked for a tablet and wrote – “John is his name.” And everyone was astonished. LK1:64 Instantly his mouth and tongue were opened and he began to speak praising The God. LK1:65 Now all those living in his neighborhood became frightened, and throughout the entire hill country of Judea everyone began talking about these matters. LK1:66 Everybody who heard about it continued to wonder inwardly about all of this, saying: “Who will this child become? For surely YHWH’s hand was with him.”
 YHWH: The article is missing and may suggest the Tetragram once occurred here.
 YHWH’s hand: The Greek is KYRIOS without the article.
- Mary and Zechariah (dvpettus.wordpress.com)
Fifty years of disappointment had built a wall around Zechariah and the presence of a mere angel wasn’t going to knock it down. Like Gideon, he needed proof. He probably didn’t even know he needed it, but he needed it in the worst way possible and it was a proof that had to hit him personally and transparently so that it would be obvious even to Elizabeth that something truly miraculous was about to happen, because he would need her to do it and “Once more for old time’s sake” probably wasn’t going to be convincing enough. Nine months later, when John was born, the Bible reports to us that you couldn’t shut Zechariah up to save your life.
- Fourth Sunday in Advent: Dec. 22 (prayerscapes.wordpress.com)
The miraculous birth of a son to Elizabeth began with a mysterious visitation to her husband in his Temple ministry. Elizabeth accepts the destiny of her son through his name. Zechariah corroborates his wife’s desire, acknowledges God’s handiwork, and his physical infirmity is restored through the giving of the name John. While praising God for the part his son will play in God’s plan, Zechariah’s hymn focuses on God’s impending salvation through His Messiah. John’s presence in the desert foreshadows the place where God will appear to him and commission him for ministry. The question for God’s people in His revelation isn’t what we believe has happened, but rather if we are willing to believe that in a miraculous birth the stage is set for humanity to take the first steps in restoration to God through repentance and recognition that “the Kingdom of God is at hand?”
- Luke 1:57-80 (oh-mag.com)
When Zechariah writes the child’s name on the tablet it signifies his faith that what Gabriel had said would happen was indeed happening, and that he was credited that faith when his tongue became loosed and he could suddenly speak. This was a sign to the people that something was different about this child, and much to everyone’s amazement something happened that hadn’t occurred in over 400 years. Zechariah is filled with the Spirit and begins to publicly prophesy. The last prophecy given to Israel was by Malachi …
- Day 10 – Luke 1:57-66 (immanuelstpauldevotions.wordpress.com)
After many years of being childless, Elizabeth and Zechariah, along with their neighbors and relatives, rejoice at the birth of their son. This story parallels that of Abraham and Sarah, and foreshadows the miraculous birth of Jesus. Though all expect him to be named after his father, both Elizabeth and Zechariah assert that the boy shall be named John, which means “God is gracious”. Truly, the arrival of this child is a testament to God’s amazing grace. And, Zechariah can finally speak again once he makes known the child’s name, and he praises the Lord. And the people took notice: “What then will this child become?”
- Sing a Song of Advent (diodocs.wordpress.com)
Psalm 62 begins, “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.” What? Silence? Everyone who knows me, knows I don’t DO silence! Where’s the singing? The psalmist asks me to remember that God is my salvation; that all power belongs to Him and my love belongs to Him. Silence has its place in our preparations, and I need to be reminded of that, more often than not. Psalms 112 and 115 go back to praising the Lord – but in a more restrained way than in the writing from Zephaniah …
- Advent Series, part II – Zechariah (matthewjabate.wordpress.com)
Gabriel informed Zechariah that his son would fulfill Biblical prophecy in Malachi 4:6, which stated that “he will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children.” This was an unbelievable revelation for Zechariah to digest in one sitting. His son would pave the way for the coming of the Messiah. The sheer magnitude of this more than likely allowed Zechariah’s unbelief to come out; therefore, Gabriel told him that he would be unable to speak until God’s word took place (Luke 1:18-20, ESV).
Zechariah lived to see the Lord respond to his longings. He knew that the God of his ancestors answered prayer and moved among his people. Little did Zechariah know that God Almighty had chosen him and Elizabeth to bring about his purposes and plans. We must beware of unbelief when the Lord answers our prayers.
- Luke 1:11-20 NIV – Miracles often depend on faith (pagprayer.wordpress.com)
Friend, we may never experience a visitation from an angel of the Lord to deliver us an answer to our prayers. But God will answer. He will bring you news. Faith relies upon God and His promises alone, and results in boldness and steadfastness in the face of difficulties.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)
Let us believe that God is and He will reward us as we diligently pray and seek Him.
- What’s In a Name? (Day 8, 12 Days of Christmas Devotionals) (gloriousfilms.com)
the people were still wondering, “Why name the child John?” It wasn’t a family name, and in fact, the name John was somewhat common in first century Palestine. We may wonder this, too. Names were sometimes given by God to individuals in Scripture to indicate special, hidden meanings. The name John in Hebrew and Greek signifies the “grace of the LORD.” What God was going to do through John would represent His grace. John would prepare the people for Jesus, whose name means, “The LORD is Salvation.” Through this pair, the world would learn that “it is by grace that the Lord gives salvation.”
- God Answers Prayers We Have Given Up On (ckisler.wordpress.com)
On this Sunday morning, consider the prayers once prayed fervently, pleadingly that have never been answered or that you see no possible way the answer could be yes. Those prayers on a shelf, dusty, maybe even bitter reminders, you think, of God’s “No’s”, those entreaties with squashed hopes, sometimes these very prayers are the ones God uses to demonstrate that our timing, our reasoning, our finite minds cannot begin to understand all He desires to bring out of the barren spots in our lives.
God does not forget any prayer. Just look at Zechariah and Elizabeth. He savors them as he works in us to make us ready for His Answer!
- Words are important (rkonazeski.wordpress.com)
When Zechariah had enough faith to speak God’s words then he was allowed to speak again. He had to speak words of faith, God’s words.
Just like Zechariah God has given us His Words to speak, we find them in the Bible. We need to use our faith and believe what He says even when it looks impossible.