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Luke 1:5-6

5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

These were the parents of John the Baptist.

They were righteous before God.

Blameless following the Lord.

Did that mean they were perfect?

See these verses.

Luke 1:18-20

18 And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”

19 And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.

20 But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”


Zacharias was not perfect.

He, the actual priest doubted.

He was an old man, by his own admission and his wife was old, and he had normal doubts.

God didn't condemn him for his doubts, but he did silence him for a time.

We can be like Zacharias sometimes.

We're following the Lord, obeying and doing what we should.

Then a situation is presented to us, and we question or doubt the Lord.

Maybe this is some very difficult time, we are going through.

We don't understand why we are not getting the answer we want from God.

In those times, we need to silence our doubts, like God silenced Zacharias.

Pray to the Lord and trust in Him.

He will deliver us and bring about His will in our lives as He has promised.

We may not always understand, but we can always trust the Lord.

He alone makes us righteous and blameless.

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