Luke 1: “Sounds Familiar”

I’m sure, like me, you’ve been walking around the mall, sitting in a coffee shop, or driving in the car, and suddenly you recognize the music playing in the background. You listen more intently and begin to think to yourself, this sounds familiar. You listen with more intensity and begin think back when or where you’ve heard this song before. Well, that’s exactly what I thought when I started to read Luke 1.

Because the hope of these reflections is to go deeper in the daily reading, I began to look at the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth with a fresh set of eyes. It didn’t take long for the Holy Spirit to prompt my heart to listen to the familiar song playing in the background of the reading.


Luke 1:6 (NLT) Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations. They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old. (NLT)   


I literally wrote in the margin of my bible “Sounds Familiar,” because the beginning of this story is similar to the beginning of another story found in Genesis 17.

Second Verse, Same as the First

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