“When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said , ‘No! He is to be called John.’ They said to her, ‘There is no one among your relatives who has that name.’ Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, ‘His name is John.’ Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God. The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking abound all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, ‘What then is this child going to be?’ For the Lord’s hand was with him.” Luke 1:57-66
Zachariah and Elizabeth were given a son in their old age, Zachariah was muted for questioning God’s message with his unbelief or doubts, the neighbors were amazed by what they saw and heard and God’s messenger was named John, just as He said. God keeps his promises and fulfills His plans. Wouldn’t you have loved to have been in the room when Zachariah, who was muted for 9 months, began to speak? God’s power and might was evidenced that day by the birth, the name of John and the sound of Zachariah’s voice. John was to be the forerunner of Jesus and would proclaim him as Savior- “I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” Luke 3:16
What does this event tell us about God? God is immutable, unchanging. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 We can count of Him always to be holy, always to be good, always to be faithful, always to love us, always to hate sin. God’s Word is like Him; it does not change. We can count on His promises because God never changes, we can trust Him always! All those gathered at Zachariah’s that day saw the immutable character of God displayed. He kept His promise of a son that was to be named John who would have a special mission. He kept His promise that Zachariah would not speak until John was born and named. God was faithful to His promises to Zachariah and Elizabeth, and He is faithful to us. He does not change His mind and His Word stands forever. His will is perfect and He cannot be swayed. God is holy and we can count on His immutability. Praise God, He is unchanging in a constantly changing world. He is an absolute we can cling to throughout eternity.
Thank you God for you immutable character,