We live in an era where the Spirit of the Lord speaks regularly, especially in these last days. Believers can go boldly into God’s presence, before His Throne of Grace. Believers in this day can comfortably call themselves “friends of God.” It wasn’t the case in the time of Zacharias (Luke 1). Only specific people from chosen families where allowed to go into God’s presence on behalf of the people. David gave the families of priests certain orders.
Zacharias came from the family of Abijah, a descendant of Eleazar. His wife, Elisabeth came from the family of Aaron. Luke (Luke 1:5-12), gives Zacharias and Elisabeth a glowing testimony:
They were both righteous before God, they walked in His commandments and ordinances. Zachariah and Elisabeth were blameless. It’s not only that they were only righteous before God, they were also holy and upright in their daily concerns with ordinary people. They were devout believers of Yahweh. Zacharias was among those allowed to burn incense in the temple of the Lord. Only one person at any given time would be allowed to perform this ceremony. Many prayers would take place to choose which of the priests would go up to the temple. Lots would be cast and on one particular day, the lot fell upon Zacharias. Nobody could go boldly into the temple of God, it took years of preparation. The words of the Angel to Zacharias were extra special in the sense that God had not spoken to Israel since the time of Malachi. It marked the break of an era of complete silence from God. Zacharias kept all the observances and rituals of the ceremonial law. Every believer in Christ can come boldly before the throne of Grace. Every believer can go boldly into the House of God without the external ordinances. Naturally, human beings base their judgement on the outward appearance. It is the opposite with God, He looks at the heart. A heart that is full of sin and guilt will run away from God. It is the cleansing power of Jesus that takes away the guilt and shame. It allows the sinner to come boldly before His Throne of Grace.
Zacharias entered a temple where only priests were allowed to tread. God desires that every believer draw close and not stand afar off. Jesus has become our High Priest and Mediator. He is a High Priest forever, the constant Mediator between God and man. Zacharias fell to His feet in fear and trembling at the presence of God. The Lord will always reveal himself to those who wait on Him. Even greater occurrences of angels, miracles, signs and wonders are waiting for those who will wait upon the Lord.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” – James 4:8
© Ruth Dickson #RuthDicksonAuthorUK #Gihonpublishingandtranslating
1st December 2015
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