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November 21    Scripture

New Testament: Birth of John the Baptist
The New Testament covers the period from the birth of John the Baptist, to the life and death of Jesus, to the beginnings of the Church, to the spreading of the gospel throughout the world, to the death of the great apostle Paul.

John Is Born Elizabeth became pregnant and all her relatives rejoiced at the miracle, and nine months later John was born, the whole time Zacharias was unable to speak yet once his son was born they made gestures to him about what to name his son. He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, "his name is John."

The Angel Gabriel Announces Johns Birth The angel revealed to Zacharias that Elizabeth his wife would bear a son, they were to name him John (Hebrew Meaning "God is Gracious") and he would be great in the sight of the Lord, and he would prepare the way for the coming of the King.

The Forerunner The Bible revealed hundreds of years before Jesus came that a forerunner would precede the coming of the Messiah. Matthew referred to him as the Herald, the official messenger who would announce the King`s arrival.

Zacharias and Elizabeth In around 5 BC during the days of King Herod the great, there was a priest named Zacharias who had a wife named Elizabeth. They were both descendants of Moses` brother Aaron who was the first High-priest and the founder of the Aaronic priesthood.

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