Summary: 3 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-III —Luke 1:5-25
A man was driving when a traffic camera flashed. He thought his picture was taken for exceeding the speed limit, even though he knew he was not speeding. Just to be sure, he went around the block & passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed.
He thought this was quite funny, so he slowed down even further as he drove past the area, but the traffic camera flashed yet again. He tried a 4th time with the same result. The 5th time he was laughing when the camera flashed as he rolled past at a snail's pace.
Two weeks later, he got five traffic fine letters in the mail for driving without a fastened seat belt.
The man was chosen for the most vital of ministries—Maintaining the budget!
Any of us could be chosen for the most vital of ministries.
My work leaves me unsatisfied... My life seems pointless....leaves me unfulfilled...dispassionate...displeased...uncertain as to the future...etc.
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...
9—We are chosen for the most vital of ministries in the midst of...
PERSONAL INSECURITY(:18-20, 23)
:18—“And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, & my wife is well advanced in years.”
Upon hearing his son’s purpose from the angel, Zacharias is taken aback as he cannot see that this will be possible because both he & his wife are “old” & up in years(perhaps too old to be having children in their eyes). This is impossible in His eyes.
He is acting by experience rather than by faith.
“Know”—ginwskw—Strong—to "know" (absolutely) in a great variety of applications & with many implications (as follow, with others not thus clearly expressed):-- allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) know(-ledge), perceived, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand. Thayer—Ginwskw is a knowledge grounded on personal experience.
“Old man”—presbuthv—1) An old man, an aged man; 2) Ambassador.
“Wife”—gunh—1) A woman of any age, whether a virgin, or married, or a widow; 2) A wife—2a) Of a betrothed woman.
“Advanced”—probainw—Strong—To walk forward, i.e. Advance (literally, or in years):-- + Be of a great age, go farther (on), be well stricken.