It appears that Zacharia and Elizabeth were God-fearing all their days and were without fault in living righteously. His public life as a priest was exemplary. Their private life however was painful as they were barren.They were unproductive. Zacharia went about his priestly duty appointed to him on that day. The words in v 8-9 are so rich in a life filled with repetition, performance, duty, custom, service, and regulations indicating a routine so deep that anything different would probably never happen. The ‘church service’ was so routine and predictable. No sign of a revival anywhere on the horizon.
Next an angel appears on that day at the right side of Zacharia, the side where the table of shewbread is opposite to the only light in the room from a candelabra. This was to highlight the Word in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Gabriel delivers the good news to Zacharia saying his prayers are answered about a son, and delivering what is about to happen. In response Zacharia was protecting himself from disappointments by not setting his expectations too high. Zacharia looked at his circumstances – first, and to what God can do – last. Putting the natural before the supernatural. Experience before expectation. We rob ourselves with many a miracle by the same method. When we do not believe God’s promise for our lives, we do not necessarily destroy the promise, but our ability to experience the promise. It is not what we know that brings life, its is what we obey that brings us life.
Gabriel explained prophetically the life and mandate of his Zacharia’s son declaring there is a revival about to happen. The reception of this message was not received or believe in faith. Then Gabriel in vs 19-20 tells Zacharia he would be mute because he did not receive his (Gabriels) words. Zacharia comes out of that meeting unable to speak yet tried to give signs to those waiting for him. We could say Zacharia was masked and gloved. Two things were apparent; he could not speak and his hands were noticed, as he tried to give signs to the people. He went home.
In time of lock down we have been told to stay at home – made mute – our pulpits are empty. We are masked, separated, not permitted to have gatherings. We are gloved so as not to touch. Yet Elizabeth was pregnant by natural means. Six months later Gabriel appears to Mary but with a totally different result. Elizabeth was old and married, Mary was unmarried and young. Mary receives the message and goes to Elizabeth as she was in her sixth month. Without faith there is no access to the supernatural. Can God find someone formless and void to start a revival?
Lk 1:41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
When destiny inside you hears a sound it is unlocked and leaps for joy. When a persons purpose within their heart is awakened joy erupts like the birds at dawn begin to sing with expectation. Revival within Elizabeth was awakened by the sound of Marys voice. Mary in ‘expectation’, was set by an encounter for revival. Elizabeth said when the “sound” of your greeting reached my ears … There is silence in our business, yet there is another vibration. In Zacharia’s silence there was a new sound. If he was not silent would there have been an opportunity to hear the sound of coming revival.
When what you carry is expectant for more, the more you carry will leapt inside you. There are those who carry revival and recognise the timing and participate in the birthing of something new. There are some who realise it when it happens. Zacharias realised it when he had to name his son. His name is John – his mouth was opened, unmasked v61 says “there is no-one among your relatives who is called by that name”. Every revival is different, like every newborn is different but the process is the same. To carry that expectancy of new destiny one has to release yourself into that opportunity. You have to swell in expectation, and that takes participation.
After unlocking covert, after un-coverting, there surely is to be a new name to church life, a new move of God in the world, not like the old. An awakening to newness. The church will move into the greatest Healing Awakening or Healing Revival in history.
At Home: Lk 1:24-25 As we are now.
Pre – Covert-19 Lk 1:5-23 Defined by Elizabeth and Zacharia.
Post – Covert 19 Lk 1:26-45, 63 Defined by Holy Spirit.
1. Technology will not host a revival.
2. John the Baptist was a living illustration of his message. He and his message was synonymous. He walked and talked his message.
3. Gloves and Masks off. Proclaiming and demonstrating.
4. As at Passover – our Easter Exod 12:11