"Blessed Be The Lord..."
“Blessed Be The Lord...”
Zacharias was struck dumb/deaf because He did not believe.
His tongue was loosed when he communicated that the baby would be called “John”.
Wonder what Zach said?
The Word tells us…
And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,
And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of David His servant—
As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old—
Salvation FROM OUR ENEMIES,
And FROM THE HAND OF ALL WHO HATE US;
To show mercy toward our fathers,
And to remember His holy covenant,
The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on BEFORE THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS;
To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
TO SHINE UPON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
- was filled with the Holy Spirit
Note what he confirms about God…
- to be blessed
- Lord God of Israel
- visited us and accomplished redemption for His people..the act was as good as done…
- has raised up a horn of salvation for us…in the house of David…His servant
- He spoke through the mouth of His holy protest from old
- salvation from enemies/those that hate us
- mercy toward our fathers
- to remember His holy covenant that He swore to Abraham
- rescued, we will serve Him without fear…in holiness…in righteousness before Him all our days.
The Word of the Lord spoken through a father upon the birth of his son.
A declaration of the faithfulness of God.
May we sound forth the same…