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Luke 1:5 “There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.”
Luke 1:6 “And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”
Our focal scripture opened with a rather bizarre statement, it pointed us to a priest in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea. Emphasis was laid on the fact that the account we are about to meditate upon happened during the era of this particular king.
Herod was a very wicked king. Bible history told us that, he was referred to as Herod, the Great. He was the son of Antipater who had been forced upon the people of Israel by the Roman government. It was said that in order to retain his throne, he killed every member of his immediate family whom he feared might be interested in taking the throne from him.
He ruled Israel with an iron fist and so much terror. He was hell bent on remaining on the throne for as long as it takes. We could now understand why he had to kill so many of the children born within his domain after the wise men told him about the star of Jesus.
Matthew 2:1 “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,”
Matthew 2:2 “Saying Where is he that is born King of the Jews?…”
Matthew 2:16 “Then Herod…sent forth and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.”
In the midst of the wickedness of Herod however, we have “a priest named Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth (a descendant of Aaron, who was equally a priest).
To be continued…
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