by Rex Yancey

Zecharias Was Speechless
Rex Yancey
Luke 1:5

Tonight I want us to look at a priest who lost his voice for about nine months. He lost his voice because he did not believe the message that was sent to him by God.

Matthew 13:5-8 ''He did not many miracles in Nazareth because of their unbelief.'' On one occasion the disciples asked Jesus why they could not cast the demon out of the man. Jesus said, ''Because of your unbelief.''


Luke gives us an introduction to him and his wife. His name means ''Jehovah has remembered.'' He was a priest in Israel. There were 24 classes or groups or classes of priests who took turns serving in the temple. There were 300 priests in each group by the time of Zacharias. Abia was the eight in the order.

His wife was Elizabeth. Her name means ''God is my oath.'' She was a descendent of Aaron. A priest might marry only a woman of absolutely pure Jewish lineage.

Both of them were righteous before God. They were just, honest, proper and above board in his or her behavior before god and man. They were righteous in the eyes of God.

-What is important about us is not what others say about us, but rather what God says. Our faith before God is manifest in our works before man.

1. He was upright in his personal life.

Luke 1:6 He was blameless in the moral and judicial laws of God.

-1 Peter 2:1`5 ''For so is the will of God, that with well-doing you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.'' His reputation was impeccable.

His life matched his role and occupation.

A fly is a fly because it flies
A flea is a flea because it fleas
A bee is a bee because it bees.

Those who serve God and name the name of Christ should live a Christian life because they are a Christian.

2. He was upright in his public life.

He served in the days of Herod the King of Judea. This was one of the darkest periods in Israel's history. It was a time of national distress. He was hated by his family and despis ...

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