Luke 1:21-23

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Luke 1:21-23

Post  clark thompson on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 1:58 am


Luke 1:21-23

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21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.


Luke 1:21-23

Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)



21 And the people waited for Zacharias and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he communicated with signs and remained speechless.

23 And it came to pass that as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)
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21 They would have remained outside until he was done and had returned. They did not tie a rope to him in case he died this did not happen. They would have known the time each task would take because they did them often.

22 They knew by the way he gestured that something had happened and soon figured it out. He was unable to speak as the angel told him.

23 He finished his purpose and then went home. We should not stop serving God because of future promises. He was patience to the Lord’s promises and remained because his inability to speak.

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Re: Luke 1:21-23

Post  Waqar Daniel on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 5:39 pm

Nice thoughts on Zacharia's encounter with the angel. I found this commentary on John's Birth -

Zechariah's response, though coming from a pious man, is very human. He does not take the miraculous as a matter of course. He has a natural objection to the promise that they will receive a child: their old age. Zechariah understands the basics of biology and aging. He and his wife are "past their prime."

In response, the angel announces his name, Gabriel, and indicates that God will bring his promise to pass. The angel's giving his name and position communicates that his message is to be accepted as coming from the throne room of heaven. Zechariah, righteous as he is, needs to learn that God will fulfill his promises when he sovereignly chooses to act. The God of heaven may even do things out of the ordinary. The major lesson in this announcement for the priest, as well as for Luke's readers, is that God will do what he promises in his own way.

To drive the point home, Zechariah becomes temporarily deaf and dumb. This short-term judgment from God allows the priest to reflect on what he must learn. As Luke 1:56-79 shows, Zechariah will learn from his time of silence. The angel is explicit that the reason for the imposition of muteness is that Zechariah did not believe the angel's words. Sometimes we experience trial so that we can learn to trust God more.


The point to learn is highlighted in this commentary.



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