Bible Study of the Day: Man on a Mission
Luke 1: 1-25
In Luke 1, after 400 years of silence from the Lord, we enter a time of religious upheaval and hypocrisy under Herod the Great. It is now that Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth conceive a son, John. There are several extraordinary things about this part of the passage that I’d like to highlight:
5 During the reign of Herod king of Judea, there lived a priest named Zechariah who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah, and he had a wife named Elizabeth, who was a descendant of Aaron. 6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, following all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.
There are several things to take note of here:
- Zechariah and Elizabeth are seen as righteous in the sight of God
- They walk blameless in the light of the Lord
- They follow His commandments
What does it mean in the greek to be righteous and blameless in the sight of God? Righteous, in the Greek, dikaios, was given as title to Holy men and women in the Old Testament. Noah and Abraham are also described as righteous. It referred to those who were civilized and well-ordered, innocent and just. You knew the righteousness of an individual by their fruits (Mt 7:16). In the Greek, amemptos, blameless is equated to without fault. Zechariah and Elizabeth were a model example for believers, of OT and NT, for past, present, and future. And they would conceive a son of that same stature and reputation.
16 He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go as forerunner before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him.
The Greatness of John would be affirmed in such:
- man of noble birth (descendants of Aaron)
- unworldly man (plain dress, plain look)
- control over appetite
- full of the Holy Spirit
- Man with a Mission (as stated above)
- obedient to the CALL
- unwavering faith and courage
- on fire for God
John was the Elijah who was to come! He would be the Messenger for the Jews of the coming Messiah. John would act as a forerunner before the Lord to turn the hearts of the Jews back to God. He was a man on a mission.
And this is where I turn to you, friend, and ask:
- What are you known for? (Are you known for your obedience to God’s call on your life; are you known for your unwavering faith and courage? Are you on fire for God?)
- What is your mission? (To be a Christ-like example in your work, to serve as a pastor, to work as a missionary in the fields, etc,.)
I pray you may reflect on where you came from, who you are, and what your mission is in the sight of the Lord today.
Prayer: Almighty God, as we reflect on the first few words of Luke, I am reminded that in your 400 years of silence, you were with the Jewish people and sought righteousness for their sake. Even in Zechariah and Elizabeth’s unbelief, you came through and gave them a son, a son John who would become an undeniable force of life to those around him. Lord, remind us who we are, how we want to be known, and what our mission is. May we be missional in our lifestyles, in our speech, in our actions, and our walk with you. And may we set aside time to really study your Word. In Jesus name, Amen.