One of my favorite parts of December is: My church always reads parts of the Christmas story through the week and then our Pastor preaches on the section we read. This years Christmas series has been titled: Limitless!
This weeks reading is Luke 1:5-80
Reading through this passage, two characters in the Christmas story really stood out to me: Zacharias & Elizabeth. Luke goes into a large amount of detail about who these two people were. When we get to Mary all we find out is about her betrothed and no other history or description is given. Which led me to the question; why is their historical lineage here?
I believe that the answer to that question is in Luke 1:6 “And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” This is extremely high praise for anyone, but they aren’t just anyone. Elizabeth is a daughter of Aaron which puts her in the Levitical line. Zacharias is also a Levite of the division of Abijah. Which means that he is part of the 8th of 24 divisions that serve at the temple. He would serve at the temple twice a year.
Because I also have trouble reading through Numbers, I’ll give you the cliff notes on what’s different about the Levites: God selected them and appointed them over the tabernacle in the place of taking the first born of every family. The Levites were placed under Aaron’s authority and given specific instructions on how they were to live & work. Meaning that Zacharias & Elizabeth were being held to a higher standard and they were still righteous and blameless.
Now the secondary reason I find this so interesting: “But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.”
When your prayers aren’t answered immediately do you, like me, wonder what you are doing wrong? Now taking a moment to assess your walk with Christ is always a worth while exercise. It’s just that often satan uses this question and tears us apart. Lying to us about why thing aren’t happening. It seems like so often I get to: “God doesn’t care if you do it right or not he’s not going to give it to you.” WHAT?!?!?!?! Fortunately satan rarely knows when to stop and when that thought comes to mind I throw on the emergency brake. I am the daughter of God, He loves me and wants to give me every good gift.
What an incredible first gift we find at the beginning of the Christmas story: Elizabeth & Zacharias were righteous, their prayer was answered in God’s time and they played a key part in God’s plan for His son to enter the world. Continue to pray for your hearts desire, as you read God’s word and listen for His voice.