When God Says 'Shut Up!'
Speaker: Tom Leonard, December 15, 2019
5There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. 8And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, 9According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. 11And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. 16And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. 18And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. 21And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. 22And 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. 23And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. 24And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 25Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. (KJV)
5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. (KJV)
18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (KJV)
When God Says ‘Shut Up”!
God’s people thought they knew how God was going to bring the Messiah about:
His Son, John is the of the Messiah, spoken of from Malachi 4:5-6. He was the Elijah who was to come to prepare the way for the Messiah – all this signaled the coming of the Messiah!
Though they had been waiting for this, Zechariah is having a hard time believing this – doubts, and therefore the angel says ________! Leaves him speechless!
How many times has God been trying to speak to us – and we respond in doubt, disbelief? We start telling God how we can’t do it, how He can’t accomplish it in us – Or have we responded like Mary? – (1:38)
1. What has God been saying to you? Or what do you think God has been trying to say to you?
2. How have you responded? Has it been with faith (Yes, Lord!) or has it been with doubt/unbelief?
Let us respond in faith to what God is saying to us! Let us say, ‘Yes Lord, May your word to me be fulfilled!’
Our vision: REACH, GROW, SEND – Reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ, Grow them into community so that they can use their gifts, Send them into their community and world to reach others… Go into all the world preach the Gospel, make disciples (Mt 28:18-19) Why? God’s heart - Core value for us – Lost people matter to God, and He wants them found.