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Second Tuesday: Zechariah (Silent Night)

Read: Luke 1:11-20

A God of His Word

How can I be sure?

In many ways, Zechariah’s question seems reasonable. He’s old. Elizabeth’s old. Not only is his wife beyond child-bearing years, but she’s barren. Even if age isn’t an issue, she’s unable to have children. For these reasons, when the angel tells Zechariah that he and Elizabeth will have a son, it seems a natural response for Zechariah to doubt, to disbelieve what he hears. How can I be sure?

Except for one thing. Zechariah forgets whose words are being spoken.

The angel, Gabriel, is one who stands in the presence of God, one who is sent by God to deliver this message. The words Zechariah hears are God’s words. And when God speaks, it’s a done deal. Look, for instance, at the first chapter of Genesis. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Seven times you’ll read “God said… and it was so.” He’s a God of His word.

When Zechariah is struck silent for his disbelief, there’s a sense of reprimand, there’s a sense of caution, but there’s also a sense of grace and mercy. It seems to me God understands we have a better chance of hearing and believing His words when our own words of doubt don’t get in the way.

by Kelly Dycavinu


Question: What are some miracles that Jesus spoke and made happen? What is something that God spoke that we are yet looking forward to happening? (hint: Revelation 21:3).

Together: Take one minute to sit in silence and then sing Silent Night.

Prayer: Lord, we believe. Help us in our unbelief! (Mark 9:24) Amen.

Silent night! holy night!
All is calm all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night! holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth
Jesus, Lord at thy birth

Silent night! holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia
Christ the Saviour is born
Christ the Saviour is born!


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