This week we will look at a third question found in Luke 1. The first two were asked by Zechariah and Mary. Today’s question was asked by the people at the time Zechariah’s son was born.
Remember, Zechariah wasn’t allowed to speak for nine months. When Elizabeth gave birth to a son, the people assumed he would be named after his father. Elizabeth insisted, “No! He is to be called John” (meaning “God is gracious). Everyone asked Zechariah for his opinion. He agreed and wrote on a tablet, “His name is John.” At that moment, Zechariah’s tongue was loosed and he immediately began praising God.
The people were pretty stunned, first that the child was given a God-inspired name, and second that Zechariah’s speech was restored miraculously. It didn’t take long for word spread throughout the countryside. The people’s response:
“What then is this child going to be?” Luke 1:66
Consider these questions:
- When was the last time you looked at a new-born child (not related to you) and asked, “What then is this child going to be?”
- What difference would it make in the lives of children if unrelated adults became more curious about their future?
- What role can you play that you’re not currently playing in the life of a child near you?
Feel free to post your response and insights.