- What happened to Zacharias when he went into the temple to serve as priest before God? (Read Luke 1:11, 12)
- What was the angel’s message? (Read Luke 1:13-17)
- What was Zacharias’ response? (Read Luke 1:18)
- What was the result of his response? (Read Luke 1:19, 20)
- What conclusion did the people come to when they saw Zacharias after he left the temple? (Read Luke 1:22)
- What happened to Elizabeth after Gabriel’s appearance to Zacharias? (Luke 1:24) And what was her response? (verses 24b, 25)
- Who visited Elizabeth and what two incredible things occurred as a result of this visit? (Read Luke 1:39-41)
- What did Elizabeth say to Mary? (Read Luke 1:42-45)
- What was the reaction of the people when Elizabeth gave birth to her son? (Read Luke 1:58)
- What did Elizabeth say when the time came for the child to be named? And what was the response of those with her? (Read Luke 1:59-61)
- What happened when they asked Zacharias what the child was to be called? (Read Luke 1:62-66)
- Through the power of the Holy Spirit who filled him, Zacharias prophesied about two main things–what are they? (Read Luke 1:68-79)
- What was said about about John before he began his ministry? (Read Luke 1:80)
Elizabeth was past the age when she could bear children yet we learn that with God nothing is impossible. It was His plan for her to have a son, named John who would be the forerunner of His Son, Jesus, the Messiah. Elizabeth believed in the angel’s message and praised God for blessing her with a child in her old age. She demonstrated her faith in Him by insisting that her son shall be named John.
- Why is it important to realize that even though God hears our prayers, He doesn’t answer them right away?
- Why is it important not to lean on our own understanding and just trust that God can do what seems humanly impossible?
- Zacharias means “remembered of Jehovah” and John means “Jehovah is a gracious giver” How do the meanings of these two names explain why the child was not to be named after his father as was the custom?
- Read Luke 1:80. What was the significance of John being in the wilderness before he began his ministry? Read Luke 3:1-6.