The Shepherd's Voice

Luke 1:15 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

This time frame was around 3 B.C. The Jews traced their ancestry back to one of Jacob's twelve sons. Zechariah was from the tribe of Levi, the same tribe as Moses and Aaron. Elizabeth was thought to be barren. Her and Zechariah had prayed for years for a child. Zechariah was chosen to burn incense in the temple. His lot was chosen out of 144,000 priests. It was a great honor. While he was in the temple an angel appeared to him. Zacharias was troubled.

Luke 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shalt bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

Zacharias did not respond in gratitude. He said that he was too old to have a child.
The angel was not pleased with Zacharias. His speech was taken from him until after John was born.

John the Baptist served as a forerunner of Jesus Christ. John prepared the people's hearts to seek God.

Elizabeth was a mentor for Mary. John was filled with the Holy Ghost from the womb. He was six months older than Jesus.

John and Jesus grew up together. John baptized Jesus when they were about thirty years old. Jesus began his ministry at this time. John had already preached and baptized people.

John 1:29-31 ...Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world..., after me cometh a man which is preferred before me...therefore I come baptizing with water. John preached that it was not lawful to take your brother's wife. John witnessed Herod Antipas taking his half brother's wife named Herodias. Herodias was married to Philip the Tetrarch. Their daughter's name was Salome.

Herodias wanted John the Baptist dead. Herod Antipas knew John was a holy man, and he feared him.

Herod Atipas threw himself a royal birthday party. Herodias instructed her teenage daughter to dance for Herod. Herod was so pleased that he told Salome to name her reward up to half of his kingdom. Herodias instructed Salome to request John the Baptist's head on a platter. Herod granted the request.

Until we meet again, study the Word. Spread PEACE.