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Advent Reading: Zechariah's Song 1

Zechariah’s Song

December 7– December 13

 [67] And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,

            [68] “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,

                        for he has visited and redeemed his people

            [69] and has raised up a horn of salvation for us

                        in the house of his servant David,

            [70] as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,

            [71] that we should be saved from our enemies

                        and from the hand of all who hate us;

            [72] to show the mercy promised to our fathers

                        and to remember his holy covenant,

            [73] the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us

            [74]     that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,

            might serve him without fear,

            [75]     in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

            [76] And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;

                        for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

            [77] to give knowledge of salvation to his people

                        in the forgiveness of their sins,

            [78] because of the tender mercy of our God,

                        whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high

            [79] to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,

                        to guide our feet into the way of peace.” 

 

Luke 1:67–79

 

Reading 1: 

There is something very special about hearing a loved one’s voice. I recently saw a video of a child receiving cochlear implants for the first time, and the child began to cry when she heard her mother’s voice. As people are away from family and friends for extended periods of time and finally hear each other’s voices, a sweet reunion of heart and mind takes place. 

 

From the very beginning in the Garden of Eden, God communicated to His people and even visited them in some form, see Genesis 3:8. The Lord has always desired to appear to His people and to speak to His people. Because God created us in His Image, we too desire to communicate and to receive communication from others. In any time of confusion or uncertainty, the voice of a loved one can bring great comfort. The Lord wants to be that source of comfort to His people.

 

Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, declared that the Lord had visited His people. The Lord had appeared multiple times in Israel’s past. Little did Zechariah know that the Lord was literally going to visit his people through the soon to be born Jesus. Zechariah declared that the Lord had spoken by the mouth of his prophets, but little did he know that the soon to be born Jesus would embody the Word of God well beyond the proclamations and promises that came through the Prophets. 

 

This visit was going to be so personal that the Life of Jesus would literally be like a “light to those who sit in darkness.” His guidance would be so personal that his life and teaching would “guide our feet into the way of peace.” Our Lord is one who sticks closer than a brother and desires to communicate His Word and His Presence to us on a daily basis. May we rejoice that the Lord has desired to communicate to humanity in the most personal manner of any “god,” in the flesh.

 

Think about it

Think of how we long to hear from God and to know what He desires us to do. Does your desire to hear from God lead you to His Word?

 

Imagine what it would have been like to hear the words of Jesus in light of all the legalism of Jesus’ day. Consider how you read the Gospels. How do you read them in light of Jesus being the greatest expression of God’s Word we can have?

 

Pray 

Thank you God for being the God of communication and for revealing Your Word to us. May you give us a longing to know Your Word intimately and to worship the Word in flesh in this season of Advent.