Zachariah Prophesies of John’s Ministry

While D.L. Moody was attending a convention in Indianapolis on mass evangelism, he asked his song leader Ira Sankey to meet him at 6 o’clock one evening at a certain street corner to stand on a box and sing. Once a crowd had gathered, Moody spoke briefly and then invited the pe … More


The rest of this chapter has to do with the prophesy of Zacharias. He prophesied the coming of the Savior who would redeem His people and he predicted that his son John would prepare the Messiah’s way. No wonder Zacharias praised God! The Messiah would come in his lifetime and his son would be chosen to pave the way. It had been many years since God had spoken through the prophets. But now in a special way God opened the lips of Zacharias and enabled him to speak prophetically (v. 67). To prophesy is not only to be able to foretell coming events, but to give the mind of God in relation to both the present and the future. Zacharias’ prophecy is filled with Old Testament quotations as he puts forth the following ideas:

  1. He gives an exhortation to praise God (v. 68a).
  2. He noted the reason God should be praised (v. 68b).
  3. He described the deliverance for Israel through the Messiah (vv. 69-75).
  4. He described the ministry John would have (vv. 76-79).

The only record of John the Baptist’s early life is given in one verse (v. 80) “And the child grew, and waxed strong in the spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.” This one verse covers perhaps twenty-five or more years of his life and there are a great many things that we might like to know about John, but the Lord has not seen fit to share it with us. He tells us all that is important for us to know and the rest He leaves out. John remained separate from the religious leaders of his day. His message was different from theirs and his life proved it.


It is not important that I know a lot more new things from the Word of God until I start to put into practice the things that I already know.

Luke 1:67-80 (English Standard Version)

And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

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