Prosperity gospel? Not (Luke 1:5-25)

We return to Luke’s gospel this morning and are introduced to Zacharias and Elizabeth, both from the priestly line of Aaron (Luke 1:5). Service to Yahweh was in their blood. What we find is that not only are they rightly related to God, their lives matched their position. They were a dynamic, godly, and obedient couple. Luke adds,

They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord (Luke 1:6).

We see that they both viewed by God as righteous, “They were both righteous in the sight of God” and that their lives demonstrated a changed heart, being seen as “walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.”

One would be tempted to think that they had it all, from the way the world might view things. Yet godliness is no guarantee of a life free of heartache. Luke adds,

But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years (Luke 1:7).

They lamented for years, given that the godly couple are advanced in years. Now we know the rest of the story. God did give them a son, one called “great in the sight of the Lord” (Luke 1:15).

Even when all seemed hopeless, they trusted. In their case it works out a certain way and it may not always work the way we want, but we can trust the wisdom and love of God to work in us for his glory.

 

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