Advent reminds us to believe.
Names, Dates, and Places – Luke’s story is history!
Righteous believers are not sinless, but they can be blameless.
Even believers suffer and struggle; the gospel does not guarantee prosperity.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, that God orchestrates.
The lot is cast into the lap,
but it’s every decision is from the LORD.
The people are praying, Zechariah was praying (cf 1:13).
The offering of incense is symbolic of prayer (Ps 141, Rev 5, 8).
Fear is the natural response to God’s message/messenger.
God listens to (and answers) the prayers of his people.
John’s Ministry will be marked by God’s power and presence.
Even believers can be guilty of unbelief.
Zechariah’s belief is rewarded, while his unbelief is punished.
Zechariah tries to communicate what happened in the temple.
Elizabeth’s reproach is removed; her hope is restored.