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This is mind-blowing awesome! I love how the disciples recognise prophecy being fulfilled. I love how Jesus references Himself, His death & Resurrection, as the temple, not the physical structures of the temple building. Also, what are we doing in the House of God? We mustn't make His house a marketplace. His house is holy. It's a place of reverence, praise & worship of God. It is not a shopping mall or store to do business trade. How does this relate to us today? Are we as aware of prophecy being fulfilled as the disciples were? Are we doing business in the house of God? If yes is the answer to the 1st question, praise God! If yes is the answer to the 2nd, we must cut it out. Bring the focus back to God & His word and His teaching. Business trade doesn't belong in the house of God! Period.
The moments after Zechariah’s voice returned his excitement was such that he sang a prophecy. A prophecy of the Messiah and what John’s purpose would be as the forerunner of the Messiah. All who are filled with the Holy Spirit as Zechariah was should also express this kind of excitement to share the gospel.
“In sending the Messiah, God has made a gracious visit to his people. He has worked out redemption for them: He has redeemed his people. He has fulfilled the covenant of royalty made with the most famous Old-Testament prince, that is, David. He has fulfilled all the precious promises made to the church by the most famous Old-Testament prophets: As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets. God is now doing that which he has long ago spoken of. Sending the Messiah.” [quoted by Matthew Henry].
Such an amazing and wonderous event. John will grow up and be Jesus’ forerunner to prepare the way and prepare the people of His coming.
We are all to be His disciples. He calls us to be His workers planting the seed and cultivating leading people to God for the harvest.
I struggle with this. However, I do what I can. It seems like a daunting task. Although, with the Holy Spirit, it can be done. As the body of Christ, we work as one team to accomplish this. We don’t have to go it alone.
How is God using you for His great plan? What would you do if you were visited in person by God? I’d probably faint.
Dear Yahweh, I pray that we are willing and ready to be used by You for Your purpose in spreading the Gospel. It’s four our own good. Thank You for the gift of salvation through the Messiah, the greatest gift known to man. I pray the readers of this blog seek You and will surrender all to you, as I have. In Jesus’ name, amen.