Zacharias to have son . . .

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Scripture is from the Holy Bible — New King James Version (NKJV)

John the Baptist to be born

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Lesson Scripture — Luke 1:5-25

5 — “There was in the days of Herod the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.”
6 — “And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”
7 — “But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.”
8 — “So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division,”
9 — “according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.”
10 — “And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense.”
11 — “Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.”
12 — “And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.”
13 — “But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.'”
14 — “‘And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.'”
15 — “‘For he will be great in the sight of t he Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.'”
16 — “‘And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.”
17 — “‘He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 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.'”
18 — “And Zacharias said to the angel, ‘How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.'”
19 — “And the angel answered and said to him, ‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.'”
20 — “‘But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.'”
21 — “And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple.”
22 — “But when he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.”
23 — “So it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house.”
24 — “Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived and she hid herself five months, saying”
25 — “‘Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.'”

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Notes on Scripture — by tkbrown

Above, I have presented the scripture in Luke Chapter 1 regarding the birth of ‘John the Baptist.’ (The apostle, John, was not John the Baptist. They are two different men.) Zacharias was informed by the angel, Gabriel, that his wife — Elizabeth — would bear a son, and they were to call his name “John”.

Zacharias did not understand how, at his and Elizabeth’s advanced ages, she could give birth to a son. He asked Gabriel how he would know this was true. Gabriel informed him he would not be able to speak (he would be mute) the entire time — nine months — until John would be born. This was the consequence dealt Zacharias for not believing Gabriel, the angel of God.

Then we see that Elizabeth, who is in awe of being with child. She hides herself away for five months before she tells anyone.

I stopped the scripture here, and next week I will begin with verse 26 — which is the beginning of Mary being told — six months after Zacharias was told of John’s impending birth —  she would give birth to Jesus. John was six months older than Jesus and would pave the way for Jesus’ ministry here on earth.

We will review the high points of Jesus’ life here on earth, and I will present scripture from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It will take a few weeks to cover all of this. Then we will look a bit more closely at Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.

Please come back each week to study the scripture with us and learn of Jesus’ life here on earth.

Have a Blessed Week

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Lesson 1: Zacharias to Have Son . . . 

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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth . . .

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Scripture from the New King James Version (NKJV)
~~ and Notes by tkbrown
John 1:1-14 — In the Beginning . . ..
1 — “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
2 — “He was in the beginning with God.”
3 — “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”
4 — “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
5 — “And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
6 — “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.”
7 — “This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.”
8 — He was not that Light but was sent to bear witness of that Light.”
9 — “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”
10 — “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.”
11 — “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.”
12 — “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name,”
13 — “who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
14 — “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Notes:
The New Testament reveals Christ, His church, His plan of salvation and a guide for living the Christian life. It also gives us a glimpse of the afterlife. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John each depict the life of Christ here on earth. They begin with His conception and follow with excerpts of His life as viewed by these four men who followed and assisted his ministrations closely. His crucifixion, burial and resurrection are each presented as are the responses to each by friends and enemies. Events that occurred before and after His ascension, including His Great Commission to the apostles and to His followers, reveal the plan to extend His salvation to the Jew first and then to the Gentile. Over the next several months, we will search excerpts from each of these four Gospels. Please review my presentations with your own searching of the Scriptures so you can be assured that I present the Truth as it is presented in the Holy Bible.




Today’s scripture shows us that Christ — the Word — existed in the beginning with God. It reveals that the world was made through Him. I remember reading this as a child and being in awe of the fact that Jesus was with God when He (God) created the world and all that is in it. Then it went on to say, not only was Jesus (the Word) with God, but He ‘was God’. This was an awesome revelation to me. It said that this ‘plan’ God had for my own, personal salvation was in existence when the world was formed. Imagine that, God knew ‘you’ before the world was even formed! You were and are that important to God — important enough for God to send His Son (an extension of Himself) to earth so that ‘you’ might hear His Word!




He came first to His own, but they did not receive Him. Then, He and His plan were extended to all the world. His love did not stop with His own people, it is extended to all those who receive him. Each and every person who receives Him is granted “. . . the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name . . ..” This ‘right to become children of God’ is taken one step further in Romans 8:17 which says “. . . and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ . . ..”
	

Study to Show Thyself . . . .

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Scripture     with Notes:     by tkbrown

2 Timothy 2:15

(KJV)“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

(NKJV) — “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

I grew up hearing, reading and studying the original King James Version (KJV) of 2 Timothy 2:15. The first section of the verse was stressed and impressed upon us. Thus, we should never take another person’s word for our own salvation. Anything presented to us in sermon or Bible study should be studied in private to ensure that no false message had been presented. The salvation of our own soul depended upon it!

As I have grown older, I have come to realize, with impunity, the importance of this lesson. Switch one word — or even one comma — to another position, and the whole section can hold some meaning totally averse to that presented in the KJV. This is how conflicting doctrines have developed. I quickly came to understand my preference for intensely personal, private study to ‘search the true meaning of the scripture in question.’

If we truly search the scriptures and study them, discerning the message God is delivering and to whom, we will never have need to be ashamed for our lack of understanding and knowledge. The Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 2:12, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling . . . . “

In recent decades, I have paid much more attention to the latter part of the verse, ” . . . rightly dividing the word of truth.” Certain events occurred at specific times. In order to truly understand the overall message God presents in His Word, I must understand the dividing lines. I must not confuse the message given in the New Covenant (New Testament) as applying to the practices instructed in the Old Covenant (Old Testament).

~~ In another lesson, I will go more in-depth with regard to ‘rightly dividing the Word of Truth.’ For now, I present to you, Matthew 27:50, 51:

— 50 — “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and   yielded up the spirit.”

— 51 — “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split . . . . “

These two scriptures tell us precisely when the Old Covenant ended, and the New Covenant began. When Jesus, ‘yielded up the Spirit,’ — at that exact instant — ‘the veil of the temple was rent into two pieces, thus exposing the Ark of the Covenant for all to see.’ As I said above, this will be addressed more in-depth at a later date but think on this!

In closing, I present the instance when Jesus was tempted by the devil in Matthew 4:1-4:

— 1 — “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”

— 2 — “And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.”

— 3 — “Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, ‘If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.'”

— 4 — “But He answered and said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’

Notes:  Thus, Jesus tells us that we must study the Word of God in order to ‘have life.’ So, search the scriptures and find, for yourself, the message sent from God to man (or woman, or child). Even parents and other loved ones can lead us astray scripturally without even realizing it. Study the Scriptures. Search the time a message is given and to whom it applied/applies. The Old Testament is still important. I helps us to understand the will of God and why it was necessary to simplify things by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die as compensation for our sins — not His sins — our sins.