Luke 1:69 – December 18, 2020

He has raised up a horn for our salvation within the house of David his servant, Luke 1:69 NABRE           

Luke writes about the birth and circumcision of John, eventually known as John the Baptist. Questioned for naming the child John, because there is no one in the family with that name, they know naming him John fulfills the angels announcement to Zechariah his father. At the same time Zechariah’s speech returned which was taken away at the announcement of the child because of Zechariah’s unbelief. When the question is asked why John, Zechariah begins to speak a beautiful hymn, also called canticle, that Luke likely collected from many scriptural verses. In the canticle Zechariah blesses God and speaks about the redemption God is binging to the people. He raises up a horn of salvation, referring to the power of God, a horn being a symbol on a bull or ox that they use to defend themselves and thwart those in their path. The horn is the power of the bull and Zechariah declares God has sent His power to save His people, this savior has come from the line of King David as had been prophesized. A similar verse is declared by King David when he is delivered from his enemies, “LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, My God, my rock of refuge, my shield, my saving horn, my stronghold” (Psalms 18:3) Zechariah is speaking at the coming of his son John, but he is speaking about Jesus. It gives us the notion that John beginning with his father will be the one announcing the coming of the Messiah. It is John’s role from the beginning of his life, one he fulfills obediently. 

John is conceived through a special grace, Zechariah and Elizabeth are blessed like Hannah who praised God for her son Samuel. They begin the prophetic announcement of Jesus and guide their son to His identity in God. 

How do you guide your children? Do you listen to prophets?

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