Luke 1: 57-66

This passage is the very birth of Yohan, son of Zacharias and Elizabeth. The Angel of the LORD had appeared to Zacharais while he was in the Temple of the LORD, performing his priestly duties, which included offering incense in the Holies of the Temple. The three areas of the Temple were the outer court, the inner court called the Holies, and the second veil which secluded the Holy of Holies, where only the High priest entered once a year at The Atonement Sacrifice. Zacharias was struck mute at the announcement of his son to be, and given instructions about the child’s name, the duties he will perform, the lifestyle he would choose to live, and the role he would play in announcing the coming Messiah.

Luke 1: 57-66 We now fast forward to the birth of Yohan, as Elizabeth had come to term for the birth of her son. Friends and relatives were gathered around and rejoiced that Jehovah had displayed mercy toward her. Now it came to be the eighth day and they came to circumcise the child, and they were about to name him Ben-Zacharias, (that is Son of Zacharias.) Yet Elizabeth announced that he would be named Yohan. No one could understand that, especially when this child was a miracle baby, born so late in life to the parents. Yohan was not a family name, so they made inquiry to Zacharias as to what he thought, since he was unable to speak. Zacharias called for a tablet to write on, and to their astonishment, he said the child would be called Yohan, as the Angel of the LORD had instructed. Zacharias had doubted when the announcement of the son’s birth had come to him, he was not going to invite any more displeasure from Jehovah by not following exact instructions given. It was then that his tongue was loosened and the first auditory sound he made was in Praise of Elohim.

Fear then came upon all who were witnesses, and as they spread the word, the whole hill country had heard and were talking about these matters. Like their Father Abraham, this devout priest and his wife, well beyond child bearing age, had conceived and bore the child to full term and gave birth. It truly was miraculous, the hand of Jehovah had been upon them and been merciful to them. The announcement had been in Jerusalem at the temple, to a priest, and many there had heard and there was some interest, but where the couple lived it was really broadcast around to the common folk. Jehovah was active in their community once again after four hundred years of prophetic silence. The Question on everyone’s mind was then, “What will become of this child, what will he turn out to be, this miracle baby?” For the hand of the LORD was certainly upon him!

Malachi 4:5-6 A prophecy concerning Yohan, “Behold , I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day the LORD. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” Yohan had been sent to prepare a way for the Christ, to set men on a path of repentance and acceptance of the Christ. For Jehovah had not wanted condemnation for His people but Salvation. Yohan 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Karl