FREE YOUR TONGUE, PRAISE HIS NAME!
Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist was mute. He had been silent and unable to speak for the entire nine months of his wife Elizabeth’s pregnancy. The angel Gabriel had told this couple that John would be born as a forerunner to announce the coming of the Messiah…a savior who is Emmanuel, “God with Us.” This couple was very old, Zechariah doubted and did not believe, and because of their lack of faith, the angel said he would be mute.
But now, as everyone awaited the announcement of the baby’s name, Zechariah wrote a short note, “His name is John,” in obedience to the Lord. Immediately his tongue was loosed and he could speak again. As Zechariah praised the name of the Lord, the people marveled and God was glorified. As you read all about this in Luke 1 verses 55 through 66, commit all of your words to the Lord. Ask God to free your tongue to praise His name!
(Luke 1:57-66) 57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. 59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.” 61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”
62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.
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