Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 4 Study # 2
March 7, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<057> Thesis: The "point" of the Presence is the exuberance of the participants. Introduction: Let me set the stage for our study this morning. We are looking at the paragraph contained in Luke 1:36-56. It is the third major "conversation" of Luke's record to Theophilus so that he might know the exact truth of the things that happened in his generation. In the first conversation, we had an older man who was told that his lifelong prayer for a son was going to be answered and that he would be ecstatic when it happened. In the second conversation, we had a younger woman who was told that her destiny was to be God's "blessed" instrument in bringing multitudes to the same ecstasy that Zacharias was going to experience at the birth of John. Now, this morning, we are beginning a consideration of what I have called "the third conversation". In this record, we have the two women, who are to be the instruments of the coming ecstasy, in conversation with each other. In order to enter into a solid understanding of this conversation, there are two things we need to get our teeth into: first, we must identify with Zacharias in the ecstasy of the birth of John; and second, we must understand that in the second conversation, the House of Jacob is the equivalent of Zacharias in the first conversation...i.e. Mary is going to bring forth the ecstasy of the House of Jacob just as Elizabeth is going to bring forth the ecstasy of Zacharias. The point is this: the sons are going to bring what Peter calls "joy inexpressible and full of glory". Now, the question is, How do I get you to identify with this ecstasy? The only way possible is for you to identify how you would feel if suddenly every single burden that you are currently carrying was multiplied in heaviness by a factor of 100 and then suddenly every one of them was completely resolved in a way that absolutely suited you. This is the ecstasy of Zacharias and the House of Jacob. If you can do this, you are ready for our study this morning.