Luke 1:1-25 - Patience (1/6/17)

This page contains:
1. Friday night passage
2. Gist of the Lesson
3. Students' To Do's for the upcoming week


Luke 1:1–25 (ESV)
Luke 1:1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, 
Luke 1:2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, 
Luke 1:3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 
Luke 1:4 that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. 
Luke 1:5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 
Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. 
Luke 1:7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years. 
Luke 1:8 Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, 
Luke 1:9 according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 
Luke 1:10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 
Luke 1:11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 
Luke 1:12 And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 
Luke 1:13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 
Luke 1:14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 
Luke 1:15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 
Luke 1:16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 
Luke 1:17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” 
Luke 1:18 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” 
Luke 1:19 And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 
Luke 1:20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” 
Luke 1:21 And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. 
Luke 1:22 And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. 
Luke 1:23 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. 
Luke 1:24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, 
Luke 1:25 “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”

Gist of the Lesson

Zechariah and Elizabeth waited patiently for decades for a child and in God's timing, they received one in old age. In our instant-gratification culture, we're not used to having to be patient and wait for anything. This story shows us how God's plans are perfect even when we give up hope, and how he gives us mercy when we're weak. (Zechariah's lack of faith.) God ends up giving this couple not only a child, but the child who will prepare the way for the long-awaited Messiah! Patience is a precious gift from God. Jesus' death on the cross means He now gives us patience when we ask for it. We just need to:
1. Notice that we need it.
2. Desire it.
3. Ask for it!

Our To-Dos for the Week of January 8-13 are:

1. Read Matthew 6:25-33 on Monday morning. Make time to re-read it each morning this week.
2. Pray for 3 people you know who need to meet Jesus (using the cards handed out on 1/6).
3. Write down a list of situations that make you impatient.  Focus on praying in those moments instead of getting angry and annoyed. Ask Jesus to give you the patience that you need.