SUNDAY, JUNE 30
Scripture: Luke 1:67-79
In Luke 1:57-79 we have the account of Zacharias and Elizabeth. Do they qualify for the category of people that God loves to accept? In their culture and time, not being able to conceive children meant one was cursed. Everyone else had children but this couple had none and it was a great grief to them. They endured much pain and humiliation. Everywhere they went they were the subject of pity. Their painful walk of childlessness produced humility. Luke 1:67-79 says, “Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: ‘Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people, And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David, As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began, That we should be saved from our enemies And from the hand of all who hate us, To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant, The oath which He swore to our father Abraham: To grant us that we, Being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.’” Who does God accept? He accepts everyone who will come to Him. From this point on, saints, we cannot entertain the voice of the accuser of the brethren. God has demonstrated who He accepts and He accepts all who come to Him. He even accepts some who refuse to come to him until they get knocked off their donkey! God rescues and delivers people for Himself and He accepts His chosen!