Bible Passage: Luke 1, Psalms 139:16, 2 Corinthians, Jeremiah 13:2-3
Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him. And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us[h] from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
- God has a step by step order for our life. He has a plan and a purpose for each one of us since the beginning of time.
- God is more powerful than any of our inabilities. We should not rest on our laurels of “I have an inability” to share the gospel. To do so would blasphemous.
- Sometimes God is calling us to be alone with Him so He can personally prepare us for our mission in His plan.
One Couldn’t Help But Ask…
- In the sermon Mark said that it would be blasphemous to say that we are not good enough for God to use in His plan. How would God have us recognize the difference between humility and blasphemy when sharing the gospel? Do we really have an inability to be useful in God’s plan?
- Zechariah speaks of the mercy and covenant promised by God to Abraham. Is this the same promise Mary talked about in Luke 1:54-55? What is this all about? What promise and covenant is mentioned here?
- Is John, the prophet of the Most High, different than the other prophets? If so, in what way is he different?
- How would God have us serve Him in His plan if we are sinners, imperfect, and weak?