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One more example of how men are held to a greater degree of responsibility and then weíll stop. Letís go to Luke 1:5-38, Zacharias the priest is whom we will focus on first. Zacharias is the father of John the Baptist. But before John was born there was some things that took place that are very interesting from a responsibility aspect. Zacharias was in the temple serving, as was his duty, when an angel of the Lord appeared to him. Now Iíll quote Luke 1:12- "And Zacharias was troubled when he saw him and fear gripped him. But the angel said to him, "do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will drink no wine or liquor: and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, while yet in his motherís womb. And he will turn back many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God. And it is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, To turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous: so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." And Zacharias said to the angel, How shall I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years. And the angel answered and said to him, I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God: and I have been sent to speak to you, and to bring you this good news. And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, Because you did not believe my words, which shall be fulfilled in their proper time." So there he is and he does not recognize the message or the messenger. So when he questions a messenger of God, bam, he is punished. And as we all know, back in those times priests where also politicians as well as priests. Imagine a politician in our time losing his voice. This is a pretty extreme punishment.

But now lets flip the page and see what happens next. Luke 1:26-38, I will not quote it all so please read the passage in total. Anyway, the angel Gabriel visits Mary; the future mother of Jesus and hereís what happens. In verse 29 it says Mary is troubled just like Zacharias was. In verse 30 she is told not to fear just as Zacharias was told in verse 13. In verse 34 Mary asks how this could be, but the angel reacts differently to the question. Gabriel simply answers her question and that is that. By implication Mary was not expected to have the same degree of recognition as Zacharias. When Zacharias questions he is told for not recognizing the word of God he is to be punished, but when the woman asks the same question she is not punished. She is not expected to know the way a man is expected to know. Zacharias is expected to know and Mary is not. Therefore the greater responsibility is on the man.

Gentlemen, I can expand on this further if you would like, but I see no need. The implications are obvious. You and I will ultimately answer to God for ourselves and our wives and children. Like it or not, listening to the voices of our wives and not decerning the spirit of the voice will get us in hot, hot water. It is proper to seek wise council and many of us have some wise woman as our wives. But wise council is not a substitute for personal knowledge and personal responsibility. You will stand before God personally and you will be responsible for the actions of the family and yourself. Stand up and be men and recognize the word of the Lord. Only you can do this, it canít be done for you. Take control, take command and stand tall before God.

Dina's Dad  

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