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God Is Faithful

Luke 1:57-66 tells the story of the birth of John the Baptist.  The angel told Zechariah, whose name means “Jevohah has remembered” (Baker New Testament Commentary: Luke), that his wife would give birth even in her old age.  Zechariah doubted the message of the angel and God’s promise and he was rendered mute until the birth of the baby.  It appears that it was the custom of the day to name baby boys after a father or a grandfather.  So when this baby was born and they went to circumcise him in accordance with the Law of Moses, they wanted to name him after his father, Zechariah.  What a fitting name that would have been!  God had remembered His servant Zechariah and had fulfilled His promise to him.  But Elizabeth speaks up and declares that, just as the angel had said, his name was to be John.  They asked Zechariah, who was still speechless, and he confirmed that the baby would be named John.  Once he did, his punishment was over and his speech returned.  God had proved faithful once again!
God is faithful to all of His promises.  He is faithful, even when we lack faith in Him.  God will do what He has said He will do for He is not a liar.  He is faithful and true and we can depend on Him no matter what.  So put your faith and trust in Jesus today to carry out His Word and His faithful promises.

Luke 1:57-66 (NIV)

The Birth of John the Baptist

57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.

59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah,60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”

61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”

62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.

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