MONDAY 19 December, 2016
A Priest of Praise and Prophecy
Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied saying:“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people,and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us… - >Luke 1:67-71
Zacharias, filled with the Holy Spirit, not only praised the Lord he also prophesied. He spoke of God’s visitation among His people—Israel. Their Messiah, the horn of salvation, would come through the household of David (Psalm 132:17). Zacharias praised God for his nation’s redemption, salvation and rescue from their enemies. God’s promises had been spoken through His prophets, since the beginning of the world.
Imagine, the people were very familiar with these ancient spoken promises. God in His mercy would perform the oath He swore to their father Abraham. It was the great hope of the people of Israel; to be delivered from the hand of their enemies, so they could serve the Lord without fear, in holiness, all the days of their lives (Luke 1:72-75).
Now the time had come to see the prophecy’s fulfillment. John would be used of the Lord for the sole purpose to prepare the way for the Messiah. He was to be a witness to His true Light:
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world (John 1:6-9).
Do you prefer to live your life in the darkness or in the Light?
…Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
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