"And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God."
When God broke the silence, he broke it loudly.
After 400 years of no word from the Lord, he finally spoke to a priest named Zechariah. The parallels between Zechariah and Abraham are striking.
Both Abraham and Zechariah were old and childless. They were both married to barren women who were past the age of childbearing and yet were promised a child by God. God promised both of them a child who would further his kingdom. Both doubted God when they first heard the news.
It's as if God was screaming, "I am about to do it! I am about to fulfill all my promises to Abraham!" John the Baptist's birth was God's indication that the time of the Messiah was near.
When Zechariah doubted God, his lips were silenced. He could not speak for the entire nine months that Elizabeth carried their child. After John was born, Zechariah indicated his name on a writing tablet. In obedience to God, he named his son John and his lips were loosed. He praised God and spoke a Messianic prophesy. God broke Zechariah's silence to show he was breaking his own silence.
God went out of his way to make sure those who believed didn't miss the coming of the Messiah. What a gracious and merciful God he is!
For this ornament, I used a very small chalkboard tag. I wrote Zechariah's words on it with chalk marker. This represents the moment God breaks his silence.
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