They were both of the priestly line. Zacharias [meaning “remembered of Jehovah”] was a descendant of priests from the time of David, when King David divided the priests into twenty four classes. Abijah [translated – “my father is Jah – Jehovah”] was the eighth order in those classes, and the son and successor of Rehoboam on the throne of Judah. Elizabeth was a direct descendant of the priestly tribe of Aaron. The meaning of her name, “consecrated to God,” reflected her devotion.
They were both devoted to the Lord and walked in His ways, yet they had grown old with no child born to them. This tremendous blessing that came to others so easily, never came to them. No doubt many prayers were lifted to God through the years. Most likely those prayers were accompanied by many, many tears.
Even without the blessing of having their prayers answered, they served God. Even without knowing God was about to perform a miracle for them, they were faithful to obey and walk in accordance with His commandments. Blameless. Righteous.
Father in Heaven,
You are the Almighy God Who created the universe and all that is in it. You know the desires of my heart.
Thank You for the example of Zacharias and Elizabeth who served you faithfully even when their prayers seemed to be unanswered.
May I always trust You and Your will, rather than my immediate desire. Father, may Your will be done rather than mine, in every circumstance of today and all my remaining days. While I wait, I will worship You.
In Jesus’ name,