His Name is John!

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Joshua 13-15; Luke 1:57-80


57 When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a boy. 58 Her neighbors and relatives celebrated with her because they had heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy. 59 On the eighth day, it came time to circumcise the child. They wanted to name him Zechariah because that was his father’s name. 60 But his mother replied, “No, his name will be John.”

61 They said to her, “None of your relatives have that name.” 62 Then they began gesturing to his father to see what he wanted to call him.

63 After asking for a tablet, he surprised everyone by writing, “His name is John.” 64 At that moment, Zechariah was able to speak again, and he began praising God (Luke 1″:57-64, Common English Bible).

I am a Broyles. I am the son of Johnnie and Janice Broyles. I can make contact online with agencies like Ancestry.com and buy their DNA test kit. I can sit around the house with their test tube, filling it with my spit, as I sit and watch TV. Then, in a few short weeks, they can tell me what my nationality might be. Regardless of what comes back in that report, it will probably give me more than I could imagine regarding where my roots might be. That being said, I will still have the DNA of the Broyles clan. I can go to court and legally change my name to Oquinn (Cindy’s maiden name) or Slobberknocker. I won’t have the DNA of an Oquinn or a Slobberknocker because I still have the DNA of a Broyles. I could be adopted by Bobby and Marylou, and I would still be a Broyles, (at least by blood). No matter what, I will always be a Broyles. Being a Broyles is in my DNA.

In ancient times, it was a common practice to use the father’s name (not unheard of today) or some other name in the family for the baby rather than a name that comes from thin air. All the last names with the word “son” attached to them are names coming from that tradition, for example,  “Johnson,” son of John. Another is, “Erikson,” son of Erik. To give you one more example,  Davidson,” son of David

In our lesson, God speaks to Zechariah. Over the years I have come to know when God speaks we need to listen. And, God did speak and Zechariah did listen. When Elizabeth gives birth, everyone wants to know what name will be given the child. When Elizabeth tells them, John, all the folks around are shocked. They seem to try to talk her out of the name and when she doesn’t respond as they believe she should they go to the now mute Zechariah. Surely he will have some sense in this matter. He simply writes down, “His name is John.”

Regardless of the name given John the Baptist, he would still be the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth. With his divine name, his DNA wouldn’t change.

There is a piece of DNA we share with John the Baptist. We are all children of God. Science may not have found a “God marker” (my idea). Still, I believe there is one. Beyond being the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth, John the Baptist was also the son of God.

Like John the Baptist, I am a child of God. My DNA may show I am the son of Johnnie and Janice Broyles, it may show I am a Broyles, but I am also a son of God and as such, God is in my DNA.

You too are the child of your birth parents but you are also a child of God. I may not know that from a DNA test, but I do know it in my heart.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


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