Samuel Acevedo - Zacarias

Samuel Acevedo
(Audio: Spanish)

SUMMARY: The story of Zacharias and Elizabeth teaches us that even the righteous can experience barrenness, whether it be physical or spiritual. In the first century, not having children was a threat to a couple's financial security and legacy, and was often seen as a divine curse. Today, spiritual sterility comes from settling for a life that is not what we had hoped for or dreamed of, and giving up on the promises of the Lord. The angel of Jehovah comes to destroy our conformity and remind us that the Lord has not forgotten our prayers and dreams. We must not settle for less than what the Lord has promised us.

The sermon discusses the story of Zacarías and how he reacted to the promise of having a child. The speaker points out that many people in the Bible react similarly to promises from God, often doubting or questioning them. The speaker emphasizes the importance of trusting in God and his promises, even when they seem impossible or delayed. The speaker encourages listeners to rejoice in God's promises and to have faith in his timing.

The speaker reminds the audience of past promises made by the Lord, and encourages them to make room for blessings. He uses examples of two women who are expecting babies to illustrate the importance of creating safe environments for growth. The speaker emphasizes that only God and the individual know their purpose and encourages them to embrace their visions and expect God to use them for His glory. The sermon concludes with a prayer for God's faithfulness and blessings upon the promises He has placed within each person.

In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the class of Abijah. His wife was one of the daughters of Aaron and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous, the angel of God, and walked blameless in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, but they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were already old.

It happened that when Zacharias exercised the priesthood before God according to the order of his class, according to the custom of the priesthood, it fell to him to offer the incense entering the sanctuary of the Lord, and all the crowd of the town was outside praying at the time of the incense. And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. And Zacharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear seized him, but the angel said to him, 'Zacarias, do not be afraid, for your prayer has been heard and your wife, Elizabeth, will give birth to you a son, and you will call his name, Juan. And Zacharias will have joy and joy and many will rejoice at his birth because he will be great before God. He will not drink wine or cider and will be filled with the holy spirit even from his mother's womb.

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