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Published on Nov 4, 2012
John the Baptist's Birth and Preparation (2): The Annunciation of John's Work (Luke 1:15-25) by Rev. Angus Stewart I. John's Nazarite Office II. John's Elijah-Like Power III. John's Father's Unbelief George C. Lubbers: "We notice that the text speaks of the fact that Zacharias did not believe ... the text does not speak of Zacharias that he was an 'unbeliever'! On the contrary, Luke informs us already in verse 6 that both Zacharias and Elisabeth were righteous before God, walking in all the ordinances and commandments of the Lord blamelessly ... It refers simply to Zacharias' not rising in faith to this great occasion. He did not by faith connect this word of Gabriel to all the ordinances and commandments of the Old Testament which he himself kept blamelessly. He didn't connect promise and fulfilment; he did not connect promise and fulfilment concretely in what was going to transpire in his own life and that of Elisabeth. They were going to have a son, who would be the 'voice of him that crieth in the wilderness.' And, therefore, he could not connect the promise of God and its great fulfilment in the Son of His good-pleasure either. He did not see that the Kingdom of God had come upon him!"