Summary: 2 of 3. Zacharias & Elizabeth were chosen to fulfill His plan of salvation for mankind. God chooses people for His most vital of ministries. But what are their circumstances? You may be chosen for the most vital of ministries in the midst of...
CHOSEN for the MOST VITAL of MINISTRIES-II —Luke 1:5-25
The pastor was chosen for the most vital of ministries!
Any of us could be chosen for the same.
Zacharias & Elizabeth were 2 servants of God thru whom He chose to fulfill His plan of salvation for mankind.
God used Zacharias & Elizabeth to initiate His plan of salvation for mankind.
God chooses people for His most vital of ministries.
When are God’s people chosen for the most vital of ministries?
Those chosen for the most vital of ministries arise in the midst of...
Previously we found that we may be chosen for the most vital of ministries in the midst of...
4—SPIRITUAL DUTY to the Lord(:8-9)
Today we will discover that...
5—You may be chosen for the most vital of ministries in the midst of... SPIRITUAL HONOR(:9-10)
:9—“according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
Helping others in worship:
Incense would be offered on the golden altar[inside the Holy Place] simultaneously with the whole burnt offering[consecration of the nation & expiation of sin— outside in the Court of Israel] twice per day at sunrise & dusk. There were many priests & it was an extreme privilege to offer the incense as it would occur only once in a priest’s lifetime.—Darrell Bock/RWP
No doubt Zacharias had received instruction for most of his many years in how to approach this task. Now it was his time. Would he have considered it an honor—Yes! Been nervous—of course! Stressed—obviously!
Ex. 30:7-8—““Aaron shall burn on it sweet incense every morning; when he tends the lamps, he shall burn incense on it. And when Aaron lights the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense on it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.”
Ex. 30:34-38—“And the LORD said to Moses: “Take sweet spices, stacte & onycha & galbanum, & pure frankincense with these sweet spices; there shall be equal amounts of each. You shall make of these an incense, a compound according to the art of the perfumer, salted, pure, & holy. And you shall beat some of it very fine, & put some of it before the Testimony in the tabernacle of meeting where I will meet with you. It shall be most holy to you. But as for the incense which you shall make, you shall not make any for yourselves, according to its composition. It shall be to you holy for the LORD. Whoever makes any like it, to smell it, he shall be cut off from his people.””
:10—“And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense.”
Helping others to seek/instill God’s fullness:
The incense offering also coincided with a set time for prayer at the temple. these would not be designated pray-ers per se, but would include the courts surrounding the Court of Israel(where the animal sacrifices were offered).
“in the time they burn the incense in the temple every day, "they separate all the people", from the temple, & from between the porch & the altar; there is not a man there, till he comes out that burns the incense.’”— Gill from:Maimon. Hilch. Tamidin, c. 3. sect. 3. 9. & Yore. haccipurim, c. 4. sect. 2. Vid. T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 44. 1.