Bible Stories for Adults
John is Born
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Next Week - Jesus Is Born (Luke 2:1-20)
Luke - The Historical Gospel (Luke 1:1-4)
Who was Luke?
Colossians 4:14 = A doctor, and friend of Paul's (Gentile - from v10-17)
How qualified was Luke to write the gospel (good news) of Jesus?
Acts 16:8-10 = Traveled & worked with Paul on his 2nd & 3rd journeys
Did Luke write his gospel because no one else had tried to record what had happened?
Luke 1:1-2 = No, many had already tried to record the story from eyewitnesses
Why did Luke go to this trouble if others had already done so? = may know the certainty
Luke 1:3-4 = carefully investigated everything, hired by Theophilus (one who loves God)
What was the scope of his gospel? = Written third of 4 gospels, around 70-80 AD
Acts 1:1-2 = From when Jesus began to do & teach until He ascended
Zechariah and Elizabeth (Luke 1:5)
When, specifically, does Luke's gospel begin and who were Zechariah and Elizabeth?
Luke 1:5 = During Herod's reign (37-4 BC), Both were Levite descendants of Aaron
What does it mean that Zechariah belonged to the priestly division of Abijah? = weekly rot
Priests must marry Jews, better to marry Levites, even better to marry from Aaron's line
1 Chronicles 24:1, 3, 10, 19 = Aaron's descendants divided into 24 by David
Priests served two weeks per year, plus Passover, Pentecost & Feast of Tabernacles
The Perfect Family (Luke 1:6)
What else does Luke tell us about Zechariah and Elizabeth?
Luke 1:6 = Both righteous in God's sight
Were other people called blameless and righteous in the Bible?
Genesis 6:8-9 = Noah; Also Simeon, Joseph (Jesus' dad), Job, others
Does this mean they were perfect and sinless?
Ecclesiastes 7:20 = No one is perfect
Then why does the Bible call them righteous?
Galatians 3:11 = Made righteous by faith
Zechariah Is Visited (Luke 1:7-13)
Since Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God's eyes, did God bless them in every way?
Luke 1:7 = He had not blessed them with children, a sign of God's disapproval
What special honor did Zechariah receive once when he went on duty? = ~20K priests
Luke 1:8-10 = Chosen by lot to burn incense in temple (am & pm priests), 1/life
Did things go smoothly for Zechariah during his special service? = God was on right side
Luke 1:11-12 = An angel of the Lord appeared to him next to the altar
What comforting message was Zechariah given? = Johanan - Jehovah's gracious gift
Luke 1:13 = Don't be afraid, your prayer has been heard, Will have a son, John
This Special Son (Luke 1:14-16)
How would John be different than other kids? = Many will rejoice
Luke 1:14-15 = Great in God's sight, never drink alcohol, filled with HS
How would Zechariah understand the point that John should never drink alcohol?
Numbers 6:1-3 = Would be a Nazirite, life dedicated to God (Samson & Samuel)
What would John accomplish in life?
Luke 1:16 = Return many of the Jews to faith & devotion to God
Why was this important to God's plan?
Mark 1:1-3 = To fulfill Isaiah's prophesy of one to prepare the way for the Lord
How effective would John be in his ministry?
Mark 1:4-5 = Whole Judean countryside & all the people of Jerusalem confessed
Elijah Jr. (Luke 1:17)
What other special thing did the angel foretell about John?
Luke 1:17 = He will go on before the Lord ... in the spirit and power of Elijah
What Old Testament prophesy would this fulfill?
Malachi 4:5-6 = I will send Elijah before the day of the Lord (400 yrs earlier)
What hint besides his ministry did John give that he was the promised return of Elijah?
Mark 1:6 = Wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist
How might this remind the people of Elijah?
2 Kings 1:7-8 = Elijah dressed the same
Wouldn't John's unclean diet of locusts conflict with a prophet's calling by God?
Leviticus 11:21-22 = Locusts were clean and okay to eat
Did the people recognize John to be the promised return of Elijah?
Matthew 17:10-13 = Elijah has already come, and they didn't recognize him
Were the people told that Elijah had returned?
Matthew 11:7, 10-11, 14 = Jesus told crowd - John is the Elijah who was to come
Who Says Hindsight is 20/20 (Luke 1:18)
After hearing the message from the angel what story would Zechariah have remembered?
Genesis 18:1, 10-11 = The gift of Isaac to old Abraham & Sarah
How easily did faithful Abraham and Sarah believe God's promise?
Genesis 17:17; 18:12-14 = Both A & S laughed at this impossible promise
How were Abraham and Sarah reminded of their disbelief in God's power over the impossible?
Genesis 17:19 = Son was named Isaac; means he laughs
Did Zechariah show any stronger faith when given a similar message? = Asked for sign
Luke 1:18 = Questioned the impossible promise, just like Abraham & Sarah
Doubting Zechariah (Luke 1:19-25)
How did the angel remind Zechariah who the promise was from?
Luke 1:19 = Introduced self as Gabriel sent by God with this message
Would this angel's name mean anything to Zechariah? = Gabriel - Man of God
Daniel 8:15-16 = Sent by God to explain visions to Daniel, Known as archangel
What sign would Zechariah be given because of his lack of faith?
Luke 1:20 = Would be unable to speak until John is born
Did the worshippers outside realize what had happened?
Luke 1:21-22 = They wondered what took so long, realized he saw a vision
What other sign was Zechariah given that the promise would happen?
Luke 1:23-25 = Elizabeth got pregnant after he returned home, worshipped 5 months
A More Special Son (Luke 1:26-56)
Was Gabriel's work done or did he have more to do? = Galilee was inferior, unrighteous
Luke 1:26-33 = In Elizabeth's sixth month, God sent Gabriel to tell Mary of Jesus
Though Mary was young, how was this birth even more miraculous than John's & Isaac's?
Luke 1:34-35 = Was conceived by the Holy Spirit & born of a virgin - Son of God
What proof did Gabriel give that this impossible promise would be fulfilled?
Luke 1:36-37 = Elizabeth's pregnancy shows nothing is impossible with God
How faithfully did Mary accept this promise? = Mary's presence likely broke Elizabeth's seclusion
Luke 1:38-40 = Accepted her job as the Lord's servant, left to stay with Elizabeth
How was the promise to Mary confirmed by Elizabeth even before they saw each other?
Luke 1:41-45 = John leapt in womb, E praised Mary for choice as mother of Lord
How does Mary respond to Elizabeth's greeting?
Luke 1:46-48 (46-55) = She sang a song of praise to God (Magnificat)
How long did Mary stay with Elizabeth?
Luke 1:56 = Until end of her pregnancy, then returned to Nazareth
John Is Born and Named (Luke 1:57-66)
What was the natural name for John to have been given?
Luke 1:57-61 = Zechariah, after his father - No one in family had name John
Why were the neighbors getting involved with naming the child?
Ruth 4:16-17 = Common practice for neighbors & relatives to help name a child
How were the neighbors able to get Zechariah's decision since he couldn't speak?
Luke 1:62-63 = He wrote on a tablet, His name is John - tablet was wax on a board
What happened after Zechariah had officially given his son the name John?
Luke 1:64 = Immediately his mouth was opened, he praised God
How did the neighbors respond to Zechariah's sudden ability to speak?
Luke 1:65 = They were filled with awe, talked about it to everyone around
How did others respond when they heard what had happened?
Luke 1:66 = Wondered what great plans God had in store for this boy
Zechariah's Song - Benedictus (Luke 1:67-79)
Besides the ability to speak, how else was Zechariah blessed after John was named?
Luke 1:67 = He was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied
How did Zechariah begin this last Messianic prophesy before Jesus' birth?
Luke 1:68-75 = By praising God for keeping His promise to Abraham
How well did Zechariah understand his son's role in God's plan?
Luke 1:76-77 (76-79) = You will go before the Lord to prepare the way for Him
How was John raised in preparation for his ministry?
Luke 1:80 = Grew strong in spirit, lived in desert
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