Title: The annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist part 2
Scriptures to Read: Luke 1:13-25
The name of Zechariah’s son will be Yochanan (John)
Zechariah is informed by the angel that he will have a son, and that his name will be “John.” In Hebrew John, or Yochanan, means “God is gracious.”
John is set aside by God as a Nazarite from birth
The angel tells him that John will be great in the eyes of the Lord and that he will be filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother’s womb. He was instructed that John was to abstain from any wine. Most of the time, a Nazarite vow was a voluntary vow that was taken for a limited time, and both men and women were allowed to do this (see Numbers chapter 6 for further reading details of the Nazarite vow). There were three people in Scripture who were set aside by God as Nazarites from birth:
1. Samson (who was not faithful).
2. Samuel (who was faithful).
3. John (who was faithful).
John the Baptist’s roles
John’s roles would be the following:
1. To go in the spirit and power of Elijah to bring repentance to the people.
2. To restore the fathers’ hearts to their children and the children’s hearts to their fathers (Malachi 4:6).
3. To prepare a people to receive Christ.
Zechariah is made mute because of his unbelief
Zechariah speaks in unbelief, and thus is stricken mute by the angel Gabriel. He finishes his division and returns to his wife. Elizabeth conceives, and considers her “reproach” removed.
Elizabeth’s reproach is removed by God
In verses 24-25, in keeping with Gabriel’s message, Elizabeth conceives and hides for 5 months, saying God has taken away my reproach from among men. The reproach was that a woman who did not have children were looked down on by the Jewish society. But she rejoices because that reproach is now removed.