Luke 1:57-80

Zacharias’ blessing of his son, John the Baptist after his voice was restored at the baby’s circumcision. An examination of the Messianic prophecies Zacharias quotes in this blessing. A brief look at the name of Jesus – Dayspring – and the significance of this word, also translated “east” in Messianic prophecy.

Luke 1:11-25

John the Baptist’s father – Zacharias’ – encounter with the angel Gabriel at the temple altar of incense. Examination of what the Bible teaches and doesn’t teach about the relationship between Elijah and John the Baptist. A brief look at what Luke says (and doesn’t say) about the date of John the Baptist’s birth.

Luke 1:1-10

Luke’s own explanation of his reason and qualification to write this gospel account. A discussion of the divisions of the ancient Hebrew priesthood established during the reign of King David by lot. God’s repeated redemption of childless couples throughout the Scripture. God’s Levitical ordinances pertaining to the burning of incense before Him. The symbolic significance of incense representing the prayers of the saints.