A Food for Thought
Satan is very sneaky and just loves to
cause changes to the outcome of any decision made by
God. Satan, himself, canít make any change to anything. He
cannot change anything by presenting his changes to God and
getting God to make his changes because God knows
better. So Satan uses his subtle methods of deception to influence
Godís creation into making the
changes he wants for himself.
When the change's season ends, the true purpose of the
change gets revealed, and by then much has been
perverted, and nothing good has come from the change.
In the meantime, Satan begins influencing those around Zacharias to try to pervert the command of God to name baby John, to Zacharias. Satan knew that if this was allowed, the naming of the baby would have been moved away from Godís wishes and toward Satanís. The prophesies of the scriptures would have been perverted. What would have happened? If the baby's name of John the Baptist was changed to Zacharias, the prophesy of forerunner for Christ would have been removed and the scriptures would have not been fulfilled. John the Baptist was the forerunner for Christ. Zacharias was not. So to full fill the scriptures, the baby had to be named John. Luke 1:13
The Message of promise From Gabriel, the Archangel
Luk 1:5 There was in the days of Herod the King of Judea, a certain Priest, named Zacharias, of the course of Abia, and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
Luk 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the Commandments and ordinances of the Lord, blameless.
Luk 1:7 And they had no child, because that Elizabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
Luk 1:8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the Priests office before God in the order of his course,
Luk 1:9 According to the custom of the Priests office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the Temple of the Lord.
Luk 1:10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without, at the time of incense.
Luk 1:11 And there appeared unto him an Angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the Altar of incense.
Luk 1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
Luk 1:13 But the Angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard, and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
Luk 1:57 Now Elizabethís full time came, that she should be delivered, and she brought forth a son.
And her neighbors and her cousins heard how the Lord had
showed great mercy upon her, and they rejoiced with her.
Meanwhile, in the background, Satan was stirring. He knew
who the baby was. He knew the babyís purpose. So, he devised
a plan to use the neighbors to make a small change to the
Archangel's order to Zacharias. If Satan would have been successful, we have no
what effect this would have caused. It surely would
have corrupted salvation as we know it today. The scene
Satan was subtly trying to change was the naming of John the
Baptist. John the Baptist was prophesied throughout the
scriptures of the Old Testament. What would have happened to
Christ's forerunner if He was named Zacharias rather than
Luk 1:59 And it came to pass that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.
Luk 1:60 And his mother answered, and said, Not so, but he shall be called John.
Luk 1:61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
And they made signs to his father, how he would have him
Luk 1:63 And he (Zacharias) asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John: and they marvelled all.
What did they marvel at? The fact that Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and they were not? The Holy Spirit was on this special mission from God. Were they marveled at the swiftness and commitment of Zacharias? They did not know about the Archangel and Godís plan. Nor did they know Satan's plan. But they were subtly and unknowingly influenced by Satan to force the change of the babyís name to Zacharias. Like we said in the introduction. They thought it was a good idea. It didn't seem like such a big thing to call the baby after the father rather than call him John. They also thought it was their own idea to change the name. Neither did they see what big effect this small change would have had when its harvest time came.
Although the neighbors and Satan had other plans, and their plans were strong, Godís plan would prevail here. The neighbors were marveled at the spiritual power they witnessed in this incident. They became afraid because they witnessed the power of the Spirit first hand. When Zacharias spoke, it was heard all over the hill country of Judea. When when he praised God and told the neighbors of the capacity his son John would serve they then realized that they were involved in something bigger than this world.
The Blessing of Zacharias and the
Luk 1:64 And his (Zachariasí) mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, and praised God.
Luk 1:65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them, and all these sayings were noised abroad through out all the hill country of Judea.
Luk 1:66 And all they that had heard them, laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be? And the hand of the Lord was with him.
Luk 1:67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
Luk 1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
Luk 1:69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us, in the house of his servant David,
Luk 1:70 As he spoke by the mouth of his holy Prophets, which have been since the world began:
Luk 1:71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us,
Luk 1:72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy Covenant,
Luk 1:73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
Luk 1:74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies Should serve him without fear,
Luk 1:75 In holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
Luk 1:76 Yea and thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Most High: For thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to make ready his ways;
Luk 1:77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people In the remission of their sins,
Luk 1:78 Because of the tender mercy of our God, Whereby the dayspring from on high shall visit us,
Luk 1:79 To shine upon them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death; To guide our feet into the way of peace.
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in
the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.
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