A closer look…
While reading about Zacharias’ punishment for questioning God’s messenger, the angel Gabriel, we learn that his punishment would have an expiration date.
Luke 1:20And, 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.
He was told that he would be unable to speak until the birth of his son. He had waited decades for a child and now that the time had come, God closed Zacharias’ mouth. Oh My Goodness!!! Could we even begin to imagine how it would feel to be informed of an answered prayer and not be able to share it???? What are we doing now, that is ordained by God, that pushes our talents into His purpose? Is it time to tell everyone? OR should we allow Him to work through us and strengthen our minds to endure any backlash, negativity, or pressures the world will hurl upon us? Zacharias had a season of refinement that would last roughly nine months. Are you in a season of refinement?
1 Samuel 2:3 KJV Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
Let’s not miss the gravity of Zacharias’ situation. God was allowing a prophecy to be fulfilled through Zacharias’ branch, which was already part of a much larger tree, but it was his branch that would bear the fruit.
♦ Do you have longstanding familial prayers that seem to be unanswered?♦
Like Zacharias and Elisabeth the Jewish community prayed for the arrival of someone like Elijah….a Savior to rescue them. Zacharias and Elisabeth held that information. Elisabeth concealed the news for five months, the connection between this blessing and Zacharias’ muteness was likely not understood to those that had witnessed Zacharias at the Temple. By hiding her pregnancy she also covered her husband.
«Hmmm let’s pause there for a moment.»
Elisabeth gave her husband time to come to grips with this monumental life change. Relearning how to communicate is difficult under any circumstance; knowing how long you have until the punishment is lifted is another. We are impatient. (We can not wait for our spouse to take the trash out before we want to just do it ourselves.) Elisabeth was patient; she basked in the time she was able to spend with her unborn son and the revelation of what he would become. What a gift that was!!! To know who she would be raising, how to raise him, and what his purpose was. Talk about God’s great grace and mercy!!!
This is a beautiful example of a married couple, living righteously for the Lord and fulfilling their commitments to each other. What could be seen as harsh punishment for a mom and dad to be, was met with patience and the softening of hearts.
Most of us are blessed with an inner circle, those we trust because the spirit of God is within them. We are often guided to these people to share our heartache, joy, pain, punishments, and revelations. We reveal ourselves through our characters; what we focus on, the things we talk about, how we react to news, and what we make public. Being silent can allow time for healing and refinement for us. Be watchful of what others say and do, they have revealed themselves, react accordingly.