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Know God in a Year #26 The First Sign–Nine Months Mute

Jesus’ forerunner was his cousin John, known as the Baptist because he brought the symbol of cleansing from Mikveh to baptism, to show the people that a change of heart was needed.

Remember? He was born to Mary’s aunt, Elizabeth, and the priest Zacharias. His birth was considered miraculous. While not as old as Abraham and Sarah, they were well past childbearing years.

It had happened like this: Zacharias is serving his week as priest in Jerusalem and is in the temple when a radiant being appears to him. He has the usual fear response even though the angel Gabriel identifies himself and says he has come with great news–Zach is going to be a father!

Zacharias’ response is not like Mary’s even though he knows the story of Abraham well. So he asks for a sign, and he is made mute until the baby is born.

He comes out of the temple, face shining, but can’t speak to the people. This helps to heighten the news that like Abraham and Sarah, Zacharias and Elizabeth are going to have a son in their old age, who will fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy to prepare the nation for their Messiah!

So God did give the first sign of The Messiah to the priests — the leaders of Israel. And in such a way to attract attention and send the message: God’s power is not limited except by your lack of faith.

What we can’t do, God will do in every willing follower.* Tell God, “I’m available.”

Luke 1:5-23, *Ephesians 3:20

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