LUKE 1, PROVERBS 3:11-12 – THE CORRECTION OF A GODLY MAN

Author’s Note – Although this is a passage that gets more attention during the Christmas and pre-Christmas Season (Many call it Advent), I feel that Zacharias teaches us a lesson about God’s discipline appropriate anytime of year. Have fun developing this outline as a sermon or Bible lesson.

 Proverbs 3:11-12 – My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

  • Every true Christian will be corrected by the Lord. The Lord loves His children and will discipline so they will walk in a God-honoring way.
  • Zacharias, a Godly man because of his faith, was disciplined when he didn’t believe the message given to Him from God through the Angel, Gabriel.
  • As we will see, Zacharias learned his lesson well.

ZACHARIAS AND ELIZABETH WERE RIGHTEOUS IN GOD’S EYES – Luke 1:5-7

  • They were both righteous before God, expressing their faith by their lifestyle. Luke 1:5-6, Habakkuk 2:4
  • Although they were righteous in God’s eyes, they were well advanced in years, but had no child, because Elizabeth was barren. Luke 1:7
  • Elizabeth was barren, not because the couple was sinning, but for the glory of God. The birth of John the Baptist would be a miracle.

ZACHARIAS WAS RESISTANT TO GOD’S MESSAGE – Luke 1:8-18

  • At just the right time, Zacharias was assigned to burn incense in the temple in God’s Holy Place. It is likely that this would be the first and only time that Zacharias had this privilege due to the large number of priests. Luke 1:8-10
  • Gabriel, an angel of the Lord, appeared to Zacharias and announced that he and Elizabeth would be the parents of the “Elijah” that was to precede the arrival of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus. Luke 1:11-17
  • Instead of believing the message from God, Zacharias resisted the message, asking for a sign in unbelief. Luke 1:18

ZACHARIAS WAS REPRIMANDED (REBUKED) FOR HIS UNBELIEF – Luke 1:19-23

  • The sign that Zacharias was his being silent (dumb) until the prophecy was fulfilled because of his unbelief. Luke 1:19-20
  • Immediately, Zacharias received his discipline, exiting the temple unable to speak. Luke 1:21-23

ZACHARIAS REPENTED OF HIS UNBELIEF – Luke 1:24-25, Luke 1:57-63

  • Zacharias returned home and was miraculously able to make Elizabeth pregnant. Obviously, he repented and believed the angel. Luke 1:24
  • When John the Baptist was born, friends and relatives wanted to name him Zacharias after his father, giving Zacharias a namesake. Luke 1:57-59
  • Elizabeth insisted that the child’s name would be John. God made sure somehow that she knew what to name the child, even though Zacharias was silenced. Luke 1:60
  • The people, following the traditions of the day, thought this to be outrageous and signaled Zacharias, asking him to name the child. Luke 1:61-62
  • Zacharias, by faith, wrote that the child’s name was John. This indicated his total repentance. Luke 1:63

ZACHARIAS WAS RESTORED AND REJOICED – Vss. 64-80

  • Immediately Zacharias was restored and was able to speak. Luke 1:64
  • The first things out of mouth were praise and rejoicing. Luke 1:64
  • The impact of the miracle was felt immediately. There was fear and wonder. Luke 1:65-66
  • Zacharias was not done praising the Lord and prophesying. The results were Zachariah being filled with the Holy Spirit and uttering a song of praise and prediction. Luke 1:67-79
  • As the child grew up, he matured and was kept in the obscurity of the deserts until it was time to fulfill his mission. Luke 1:80