“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. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” (Luke 1:5–6, KJV)
Using contrastive thought, one of the tools we learned in our study of Hebrews, what do you see?
Luke specifies that Herod (hay-rode, not hair-ud) is the king of Judea.
He also specifies that Zacharias and Elisabeth were both righteous before God, and blameless.
What can we learn from this?
God says nothing about Herod in this. Herod is thrown out there, for the purposes of dating this text, in the fashion Luke is known for… but that’s all that’s said about Herod in this passage that tells us Zacharias and Elisabeth are righteous and blameless.
Herod is not righteous, nor blameless. By the way, when the Bible speaks of Herod, it’s like calling the Queen of the UK Stewart. Luke is identifying the current ruling family, and not always the proper name of the current Herod being discussed.
Herod is KIng over Judea. THe Bible is about to discuss the human origins of the coming King.
“And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” (Luke 1:30–33, KJV)
NOW we have the contrast. Herod is judged, weighed. Herod calls himself the Great – Jesus Christ shall be truly Great. Herod is a deranged and violent man – Jesus Christ is the son of God, eternally wise and all-knowing. Herod’s rule is going to end in just a few years… Jesus Christ will rule forever.
Mary had absolutely no doubts that this angel she was talking to was telling her, “Your child is going to be King Messiah.”
She would have understood exactly what he was saying.
And she asked one question… and accepted it. No doubting, no laughing, just “let it be unto me according to thy word.”
“And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; And the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.” (Obadiah 21, KJV)
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” (Daniel 2:44, KJV)
“Once have I sworn by my holiness That I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, And his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, And as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.” (Psalm 89:35–37, KJV)
“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:13–14, KJV)
The coming King is about to be born.
He will not at that time end the rule of Rome. Once He does that, the judgment must happen. The KIng has come first to save the people, which they have prayed for for centuries. Moses freed the people, and they wanted to return. This deliverer will deliver them in such a way that the sin desire for the sin lifestyle will be purged forever.
Right now, we’re in between the verses that speak of the coming King, His delivering, His ending the rule of earthly kings, and His judgment.
It is crucial to understand that.
It is crucial to understand that in a few years, you will go to Jerusalem, go to the Temple, and literally see Jesus Christ with your own eyes at that Temple. You will see Him ruling the entire earth.
These passages does not mean we’ll spread the news of Calvinism to every land, and get all those predestined into Presbyterian churches. It doesn’t mean that we get into government positions and legislate Christianity into taking over the world. It doesn’t just mean a iuniversal peace.
It means a rapture, a period of intense affliction and tribulation lasting several years, wholesale destruction, and finally Jesus Christ coming visibly and bodily in the clouds with you, me, Will Kinney, and even all those post-tribbers who are going to be VERY embarassed, as we return to earth with Christ – and watch Him take vengeance upon the oppressors.
We’re going to see Jesus Christ build a Temple that will be the Temple of Ezekiel (read those chapters? Might want to…). We’ll see this WITH OUR OWN EYES.
And I suppose I’ll need to find out which Apostle is ruling over the tribe of Judah, so I know who to go to about issues, trash collection and etc.
Think I’m kidding? No, we still will have 1,000 Hebrew years (about 996.25 Gentile Years) of sinful men still living, while Christ rules with a rod of iron.
And then there will be an eternity after that, something so magnificent the Bible only hints at it. And there will be no more sin after that, the new heavens and the new earth.
THat’s who’s about to be born. That KIng. Righteous. If Zacharias and Elisabeth are righteous and blameless, and Mary iis favored… then the KIng is even more so.
And he was visited only by a very few at His birth, in a lowly place, and given lowly gifts that did not even approach what is His due.
And Jesus Christ is so powerful, so amazing, so righteous, that it means the world to Him that you stop and offered a hurried five second prayer to him every now and then.
Because this mighty King who will rule forever loves you. loves you enough to die for you, in your place.