Today is the remembrance of Zachariah and Elizabeth, father and mother of John the Baptist. From the “Commemorations Biographies,” Lutheran Service Book, LCMS Commission on Worship:
Zachariah and Elizabeth were “righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord” (Luke 1:6). Zechariah, a priest in the Jerusalem temple, was greeted by the angel Gabriel, who announced that Zechariah and Elizabeth would become parents of a son. Initially Zechariah did not believe Gabriel’s announcement because of their old age. For his disbelief Zechariah became unable to speak. After their son was born, Elizabeth named her son John. Zechariah confirmed his wife’s choice, and his ability to speak was restored. In response he sang the Benedictus, a magnificent summary of God’s promises in the Old Testament and a prediction of John’s work as forerunner to Jesus (Luke 1:68–79). Zechariah and Elizabeth are remembered as examples of faithfulness and piety.
[From “Commemorations Biographies,” Lutheran Service Book, LCMS Commission on Worship]
This week our children will continue with the Old Testament story of Isaac and Rebecca. God continues to work out His plan of salvation in the story of these two persons. We find that Abraham sends his servant to his own people, far away to find a wife for his son, Isaac. “LORD,” when used in uppercase, refers to the personal name of God. It is used many, many times in this story, and holds a central place for Abraham and his people in their daily lives and in their worship. This is not just another arranged marriage.
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