The Importance of Keeping Responsibilities

December 25, 2010

What was Zachariah doing when the angel came to him and said he would have a son, the son his wife and him had been praying for decades? (Luke 1:8-9) Yeah, the priestly equivalent of Jury Duty.  (By the way I love this story and how before our Heavenly Father chose to fulfill the prophesy of the forerunner to the Messiah, he answered the prayers and healed the hearts of his servants Zachariah and Elisabeth. Check out verse 1:25. )

These are a few verses in the old testament that prophesy John the Baptist.

Malachi 4:5

5 “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.

Isaiah 40:3 (New International Version,)

3 A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the LORD;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.

And here is the verse in Mathew fulfilling these:

Matthew 3

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”

Anyway, I got side tracked. My point is: what was Joseph doing when the angel came to him? Getting some rest after a long day building things. (According to Greek scholars, the word translated as carpenter was a broad term from stone work to metal work. ) What were the shepherds doing? Tending their flock. What was David doing before he was sought out to be king, hundreds of years before that? Tending his sheep.

This is for the Christians who are weary after yet another year of life. It weighs on you, doesn’t it? While I don’t advocate waiting for angels to show up, I do think keeping our responsibilities is important, and also keeping an open mind and heart, so if God says to you, I have a job for you, you can say as Mary did, “I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled.”

P.S How on earth did I not notice what an awesome introduction Luke has? Check it out here. I mean seriously, a letter from Luke to a mysterious Theophilus to clear up rumors about the Messiah’s time on earth. Sounds like in addition to being a doctor, Luke was also a detective, maybe even a private eye. What else can “Carefully investigate” mean?


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