II. The Preparation of the Man-Savior
in His Humanity with His Divinity
A. His Forerunner's Conception
5 In the days of aHerod, king of Judea, there was a certain priest named Zachariah, of the 1course of Abijah; and his wife was of the daughters of bAaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
6 And 1they were both 2arighteous before God, 3bwalking in all the commandments and 4ordinances of the Lord, cblameless.
7 And they had 1no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in their days.
8 And while he served as priest in the aorder of his course before God,
9 According to the custom of the priestly service, the lot fell to him to enter into the atemple of the Lord and 1burn incense.
10 And all the multitude of the people were 1apraying outside at the hour of the burning of incense.
11 And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the aaltar of incense.
12 And Zachariah was troubled when he saw him, and afear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said to him, Do anot be afraid, Zachariah, because your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will 1bear you a son, and you shall call his name 2bJohn.
14 And you will have joy and exultation, and many will rejoice at his birth.
15 For he will be agreat in the sight of the Lord, and he shall by 1bno means drink wine and liquor. And he will be filled with the 2cHoly Spirit, even from his mother's dwomb,
16 And many of the sons of Israel he will turn to the Lord their God.
17 And it is he who will go abefore Him in the spirit and power of 1Elijah to turn the bhearts of the fathers to the children, and the cdisobedient 2to the 3prudence of the righteous, to dprepare for the Lord a people made ready.
18 And Zachariah said to the angel, By what shall I know this? For I am an aold man and my wife is advanced in 1years.
19 And the aangel answered and said to him, I am bGabriel, who stands before God, and I was sent to speak to you and to announce the good news of these things to you.
20 And behold, you shall be asilent and not able to speak until the day that these things happen, because you did 1not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.
21 And the people were waiting for Zachariah, and they marveled at his delaying in the atemple.
22 And when he came out, he was not able to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a avision in the temple. And he made signs to them and remained dumb.
23 And when the days of his service were fulfilled, he went to his house.
24 And after these days Elizabeth his wife conceived and stayed in seclusion for five months, saying,
25 In this way has the Lord dealt with me in the days in which He looked upon me to take away my areproach among men.