Luke 1:57-66 tell of the arrival of baby John to his mother Elizabeth and mute Zachariah, his father. The angel Gabriel had pronounce God’s judgement upon Zachariah for his unbelief in Luke 1:19-20, when he had questioned God’s ability to create new life within Elizabeth’s aged, barren body. “Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58 And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, 60 but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” 61 And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” 62 And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. 63 And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. 64 And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. 65 And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, 66 and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.
This story shows how Elizabeth and Zachariah learned obedience and followed through doing exactly as God directed in naming their child. When they had demonstrated this faith and obedience, the temporary judgment was lifted and Zachariah was able to speak. Not surprisingly, his first words were words of praise to Almighty God for the miracles God had performed in their lives.
God is present in this very story, from the lifting of the curse of muteness upon Zachariah to the birth of a healthy boy in Elizabeth’s old age. Even the neighbor’s recognized God’s mercy towards her and the joy she evidently showed at being a mother. God is always faithful, keeping all His promises. He is a promise keeping God. In the Old Testament book of 1 Kings 8:56 we find, “Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant.” None of God’s promises failed nor will they ever fail. 2 Corinthians 1:20 gives a similar message from our promise keeping God, “ For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” Peter gives the usefulness of all God’s promises to us in 2 Peter 1:3-4 “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” God has been and always will be a promise keeping faithful God. His promises provide us access to His divine nature and aid us in escaping the corruption of the sinful world we live in.
Thank you God for being 100% faithful and keeping all your promises to us. We can rely upon your nature and know you will do what you say in your Word forever.