A Note to My Readers -
I've decided to remove my Sunday posts from the weekly cycle. Although I hope they've been of benefit to some of you, they are necessarily secondary to my regular work of sermon preparation each week. I've found that having that extra post to write simply added to the burden of my work. For those readers who would still like access to my weekly work in Scriptural exposition, I would ask them to access the podcasts of my sermons (available through a link in the sidebar), since that remains the primary form of my Bible teaching each week.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The Evangeliad (1:6-14)

 Section 1:6-14 (corresponding to Luke 1:5-13)

In ancient days, when Herod ruled the land,
There was a priest, a true and righteous man;
He, Zachariah, with his faithful wife,
Did walk in God's commandments all his life.

They barren were of children, but not faith,
For they were fruitful in the work of grace.
These two were old, in age and ministry,
Yet still discharged their duties faithfully.

And now it came to Zachariah's turn:
To enter in the Temple, there to burn
The holy incense while he knelt in prayer;
And as he did, an angel met him there.

The angel stood beside the burning flame,
And in a voice of power, spoke his name:
"O Zachariah, do not be afraid!
The gracious Lord has heard the words you prayed!

Elizabeth your wife will have a son--
Born unto you, though nature's years are done!
By God's own will this miracle takes form;
And you must name him John when he is born."

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