15
Apr
15

WALKING WITH GOD:  ZACHARIAS AND ELIZABETH

“In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.  They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.” – Luke 1:5-6

This scripture is unique in that it not only describes a man who walked with God, but it also values the walk with God that a woman shared.

Zacharias and Elizabeth both are described was walking with God.  Having such a testimony from the Word of God, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, should cause us to sit up and take notice of these two people and how they lived their lives in such a way as to earn this honor and distinction.

From the scripture, we can see that they were “righteous in the sight of God.”  A creative way of how to be righteous before God could be seen in this mnemonic:  Redeemed by the blood (Ephesians 1:7);  Identifying with Christ (Romans 6:5);  Giving to others (Matthew 25:34-40);  Hating sin (Romans 12:9);  Transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2);  Extraordinary faith (Hebrews 11);  Observing His commands (Deuteronomy 8:6);   Understanding that He is God (Isaiah 55:8-9); Sacrificing ourselves (Like 9:23).

The next part that we see shared in this verse is that they walked “blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of The Lord.”  When we are blameless in the commandments, we will love God with all our might and love our neighbor like we would love ourselves (Mark 12:28-31).  So what are the requirements of The Lord?  This particular phrase probably points back to Micah 6:8, which says, “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

In order to have a close, intimate walk with God, we must strive to be righteous according to His Word, love God and man, and do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with Him.  Then it can be said that we walk with God.

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