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


Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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