What then will this child be?

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him. Luke 1:57-66

People knew John was special from the time he was born. Actually a few knew he was special before he was born. After all not many barren women of advanced age get pregnant. But at John’s circumcision his father Zechariah who had not spoken a word for over nine months suddenly is able to speak again. What caused this sudden return of speech; it was Zechariah’s acknowledgement of what Gabriel had told them before the pregnancy.

Even those who follow God run the risk of punishment when we disobey God. Most of the time that punishment is self-inflicted as when our conscience bothers us because of something we have done or not done. Other times God will allow Satan to inflict us. Then there are times when it seems we have gotten away with it. Nothing could be further from the truth. We get away with nothing. God sees all that we do. But the Good News is that whatever punishment we may receive it is only temporary.

Even though we disobey or question God He never abandons His people. God has promised those who believe and follow Him eternal life. He will never go back on that promise. We can ask the same question of every child born, what then will this child be? A follower of God or one that chooses their own path out of the light? John was set apart from before he was born to be God’s servant. But he had a choice, all of us do. John chose to follow God. We also have that same choice, to follow God or not.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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4 Responses to What then will this child be?

  1. It is True David we will reap what we sow, good and bad, God created us this way so we will be rewarded if we do good or suffer if we do evil untill we come to our senses, He does not afflict us as the Scriptures confirm and to say He does evil to bring good out of it, they tell us is slander.

    Lamentations 3:33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men……

    Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

    1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, in as much as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy

    Satan controls this world and he has the right to put us to the test as he did Abraham, Job , Jesus, Paul, Peter and God’s children throughout the ages

    James 1:12-14 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that Love Him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

    God does not allow, permit, promote or do evil, He is Love, yes He tolerates evil not wanting anyone to perish and because of this He does chastise us through the Body of Christ, we are to rebuke those in the Church who sin, He also Disciplines us by allowing us to have our own way like the Prodigal son did until we come to our senses and it is not pleasant but it is our choice and we suffer by our own hand.

    Christian Love from the both of us – Anne.

  2. dwwork says:

    Anne, I always enjoy your comments.They are like a continuation of my posts.

  3. Thank you David for your kind affirmative words, you may not realize how much you Bless me too, yes with your messages that cause me to ponder on greater Truths, because even though creating new recipes and cooking them which takes time, has value, knowing God’s Truth is the greatest Treasure we can have.

    But I’m also very appreciative David of all your Likes, I’m so grateful that even though you are very busy, you take the time to read my heart responses to Life, yes even with my being Dyslectic and having very little understanding of grammar and punctuation and without Firefox’ word- check, I would make many more spelling mistakes, yes I’m indeed a cracked vessel but thankfully God is the Super Glue and you like many have been very understanding and supportive, Thank you.

    God bless you greatly – from both of us – Anne.

    • dwwork says:

      Anne, we all all cracked vessels, just broken jars of clay. But when we allow the master’s hand to work we become works of art worthy of the God of all creation. Our son, Daniel also has dyslexia so I know what a challenge it is. Have a blessed day, David

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