Study Material: Luke 1:20-22
20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he tarried so long in the temple.
22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
Zacharias had received the prophecy of the fact that he and his wife would conceive John the Baptist. Don’t forget that this child was coming for the sole purpose of announcing the coming of Jesus and preparing hearts to receive Him. Given his age and that of his wife, he doubted. Due to that, the angel Gabriel told him that he would not be able to speak until after the prophecy was fulfilled (v20). When he came out from the temple after the encounter with the angel, he could not speak (v22). Zacharias had been silenced. The Lord will silence every doubter of your progress in Jesus’ name. Every mocker of the vision that God has given of your future will be made speechless in Jesus’ name.
The most common use of the word silencer in my experience is the definition that explains a technology that enables a gun to be shot without noise. The wicked use it to kill people without others knowing that they have carried out a heinous act. However, Jesus, even before He was conceived, showed Himself to be a silencer. Not the kind that the wicked use, but the kind that lifts you above the wicked. How does He do this?
- He silences us as necessary. If Zacharias had continued talking, the spirit of doubt could have caused him to say something else that would have vexed the angel. God sometimes silences us to help us avoid walking in error.
- Jesus silences our enemies. He silenced everyone who had labeled Elizabeth and Zacharias barren. He shut their mouths for good, because Elizabeth and Zacharias were now about to be called fruitful.
This season, may the Lord silence you from using your mouth to sin against God and to walk outside of His grace. May He never allow you to use your mouth to defeat yourself. This season, may the Lord silence the mouth of all of your mockers and all enemies that stand up against your progress. Jesus, the one who silences our enemies and mockers, will turn your situation around for His glory.
Homework: Begin to call upon the name of the Lord and ask Him to silence your mouth from defeating yourself. Ask Him to silence your enemies this season.