Luke 1:67-80 – Zechariah’s Prophecy
LK1:67 Then the baby’s father Zechariah was filled with holy Pneuma and prophesied: “Blessed [be] YHWH, The God of Israel, [Psalm 41:13] LK1:68 for He visited and redeemed His People. [Psalm 111:9] LK1:69 He raised up for us a horn of salvation in His servant David’s House. [Psalm 132:17] LK1:70 Just as He spoke through the mouth of His holy prophets from ages past – LK1:71 that He would save us from the hand of our enemies who hated us. [Psalm 106:10] LK1:72 This in order to demonstrate [His] mercy to our forefathers and to remember His holy covenant. [Psalm 105:8] LK1:73 That oath He swore to our father Abraham [Genesis 22:16] – LK1:74 to grant us deliverance from the hand of our enemies [Jeremiah 30:8] – LK1:75 so that we may serve Him fearlessly all our days in holiness and righteousness. [Jeremiah 30:9] LK1:76 And so you also, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High. For in the sight of YHWH you will go before to prepare His way [Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1] – LK1:77 to give knowledge of salvation to His People by a forgiveness of their sins, LK1:78 through the tender mercies of our God that will dawn on us from a heavenly visitation – LK1:79 to become visible to those sitting in the darkness of death’s shadow, [Isaiah 9:2] to direct our feet into the way of peace.” LK1:80 And so the child continued to grow and become stronger mentally, remaining in the desert until the day of his appearing to Israel.
 Blessed [be] YHWH, The God of Israel: Compare also 1 Kings 1:48; Psalm 72:18; 106:48.
 Redeemed His People: Compare Luke 7:16.
 He raised up for us a horn: From Psalm 132:17 but with echoes of Hannah again. [1 Samuel 2:10]
 He spoke through the mouth of His holy prophets from ages past: As in Jeremiah 23:5; Daniel 9:24. Compare Hebrews 1:1.
 He would save us from the hand of our enemies who hated us: From Psalm 106:10.
 To remember His holy covenant: Compare Psalm 105:8; 106:45. Several times Zechariah draws from the historical psalms. On the covenant see Genesis 17:7; Leviticus 26:42; Deuteronomy 4:31; 7:12.
 Prepare His way: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew 3:3.
 Forgiveness of their sins: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Mark 1:4.
 Those sitting in the darkness of death’s shadow: From Isaiah 9:2. Compare Psalm 107:10; Isaiah 49:9; 59:9. For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew 4:16.
 So the child continued to grow and become stronger mentally: Or, strong in spirit. Compare Jesus at Luke 2:40.
Nazarene Commentary to Elizabeth Pregnant
Nazarene Commentary Luke 1:46-56 – Mary Magnifies God
Nazarene Commentary Luke 1:57-66 – Elizabeth Gives Birth To John
The Birth of John the Baptist – circa 1554, Tintoretto (1518–1594)
- Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Advent Weekday (catholicquotesblog.wordpress.com)
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,
- 10 Things God Can’t Do (traceyamcpheron.wordpress.com)
1. God can’t get tired; 2. God can’t take on a job he can’t handle; 3. God can’t be unholy; 4.God can’t be prejudiced; 5. God can’t break a promise; 6. God can’t remember sins he’s chosen to forget; 7. God can’t make a loser; 8. God can’t abandon you; 9. God can’t stop thinking about you; 10. God can’t stop loving you
- This Week’s Commentaries: Second Week of Advent~(Sunday, December 8-Sunday, December 15, 2013) (stjoeofoblog.wordpress.com)
- Advent: Jesus, the Nazarene (reimaginingpresence.wordpress.com)
- Celebrate Week 3 (gracenazarene.org)
- Our bible Journey through the year 2013. (bamigboyeolayemi.wordpress.com)
- Sing a Song of Advent (diodocs.wordpress.com)
- Nazarene Commentary Luke 1:46-56 – Mary Magnifies God (donniebishop.wordpress.com)
- Luke 1:57-80 (oh-mag.com)
Luke 1:57-66 – Elizabeth Gives Birth To John
LK1:57 Now Elizabeth’s time came to fulfillment for her to give birth, and so she bore a son. LK1:58 Now her neighbors and relatives heard that YHWH had shown His mercy to her and they rejoiced together with her. LK1:59 Then the time arrived on the eighth day that they went to circumcise the child. They all wanted to name him Zechariah. LK1:60 But, his mother answered and said: “No! He will be called ‘John’!” LK1:61 Then they all said to Elizabeth: “No one among your relatives is called by that name.” LK1:62 So they motioned to the baby’s father and asked him what he wanted to name the boy. LK1:63 Then Zechariah asked for a tablet and wrote – “John is his name.” And everyone was astonished. LK1:64 Instantly his mouth and tongue were opened and he began to speak praising The God. LK1:65 Now all those living in his neighborhood became frightened, and throughout the entire hill country of Judea everyone began talking about these matters. LK1:66 Everybody who heard about it continued to wonder inwardly about all of this, saying: “Who will this child become? For surely YHWH’s hand was with him.”
 YHWH: The article is missing and may suggest the Tetragram once occurred here.
- Mary and Zechariah (dvpettus.wordpress.com)
Fifty years of disappointment had built a wall around Zechariah and the presence of a mere angel wasn’t going to knock it down. Like Gideon, he needed proof. He probably didn’t even know he needed it, but he needed it in the worst way possible and it was a proof that had to hit him personally and transparently so that it would be obvious even to Elizabeth that something truly miraculous was about to happen, because he would need her to do it and “Once more for old time’s sake” probably wasn’t going to be convincing enough. Nine months later, when John was born, the Bible reports to us that you couldn’t shut Zechariah up to save your life.
- Fourth Sunday in Advent: Dec. 22 (prayerscapes.wordpress.com)
The miraculous birth of a son to Elizabeth began with a mysterious visitation to her husband in his Temple ministry. Elizabeth accepts the destiny of her son through his name. Zechariah corroborates his wife’s desire, acknowledges God’s handiwork, and his physical infirmity is restored through the giving of the name John. While praising God for the part his son will play in God’s plan, Zechariah’s hymn focuses on God’s impending salvation through His Messiah. John’s presence in the desert foreshadows the place where God will appear to him and commission him for ministry. The question for God’s people in His revelation isn’t what we believe has happened, but rather if we are willing to believe that in a miraculous birth the stage is set for humanity to take the first steps in restoration to God through repentance and recognition that “the Kingdom of God is at hand?”
- Luke 1:57-80 (oh-mag.com)
When Zechariah writes the child’s name on the tablet it signifies his faith that what Gabriel had said would happen was indeed happening, and that he was credited that faith when his tongue became loosed and he could suddenly speak. This was a sign to the people that something was different about this child, and much to everyone’s amazement something happened that hadn’t occurred in over 400 years. Zechariah is filled with the Spirit and begins to publicly prophesy. The last prophecy given to Israel was by Malachi …
- Day 10 – Luke 1:57-66 (immanuelstpauldevotions.wordpress.com)
After many years of being childless, Elizabeth and Zechariah, along with their neighbors and relatives, rejoice at the birth of their son. This story parallels that of Abraham and Sarah, and foreshadows the miraculous birth of Jesus. Though all expect him to be named after his father, both Elizabeth and Zechariah assert that the boy shall be named John, which means “God is gracious”. Truly, the arrival of this child is a testament to God’s amazing grace. And, Zechariah can finally speak again once he makes known the child’s name, and he praises the Lord. And the people took notice: “What then will this child become?”
- Sing a Song of Advent (diodocs.wordpress.com)
Psalm 62 begins, “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.” What? Silence? Everyone who knows me, knows I don’t DO silence! Where’s the singing? The psalmist asks me to remember that God is my salvation; that all power belongs to Him and my love belongs to Him. Silence has its place in our preparations, and I need to be reminded of that, more often than not. Psalms 112 and 115 go back to praising the Lord – but in a more restrained way than in the writing from Zephaniah …
- Advent Series, part II – Zechariah (matthewjabate.wordpress.com)
Gabriel informed Zechariah that his son would fulfill Biblical prophecy in Malachi 4:6, which stated that “he will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children.” This was an unbelievable revelation for Zechariah to digest in one sitting. His son would pave the way for the coming of the Messiah. The sheer magnitude of this more than likely allowed Zechariah’s unbelief to come out; therefore, Gabriel told him that he would be unable to speak until God’s word took place (Luke 1:18-20, ESV).
Zechariah lived to see the Lord respond to his longings. He knew that the God of his ancestors answered prayer and moved among his people. Little did Zechariah know that God Almighty had chosen him and Elizabeth to bring about his purposes and plans. We must beware of unbelief when the Lord answers our prayers.
- Luke 1:11-20 NIV – Miracles often depend on faith (pagprayer.wordpress.com)
Friend, we may never experience a visitation from an angel of the Lord to deliver us an answer to our prayers. But God will answer. He will bring you news. Faith relies upon God and His promises alone, and results in boldness and steadfastness in the face of difficulties.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)
Let us believe that God is and He will reward us as we diligently pray and seek Him.
- What’s In a Name? (Day 8, 12 Days of Christmas Devotionals) (gloriousfilms.com)
the people were still wondering, “Why name the child John?” It wasn’t a family name, and in fact, the name John was somewhat common in first century Palestine. We may wonder this, too. Names were sometimes given by God to individuals in Scripture to indicate special, hidden meanings. The name John in Hebrew and Greek signifies the “grace of the LORD.” What God was going to do through John would represent His grace. John would prepare the people for Jesus, whose name means, “The LORD is Salvation.” Through this pair, the world would learn that “it is by grace that the Lord gives salvation.”
- God Answers Prayers We Have Given Up On (ckisler.wordpress.com)
On this Sunday morning, consider the prayers once prayed fervently, pleadingly that have never been answered or that you see no possible way the answer could be yes. Those prayers on a shelf, dusty, maybe even bitter reminders, you think, of God’s “No’s”, those entreaties with squashed hopes, sometimes these very prayers are the ones God uses to demonstrate that our timing, our reasoning, our finite minds cannot begin to understand all He desires to bring out of the barren spots in our lives.
God does not forget any prayer. Just look at Zechariah and Elizabeth. He savors them as he works in us to make us ready for His Answer!
- Words are important (rkonazeski.wordpress.com)
When Zechariah had enough faith to speak God’s words then he was allowed to speak again. He had to speak words of faith, God’s words.
Just like Zechariah God has given us His Words to speak, we find them in the Bible. We need to use our faith and believe what He says even when it looks impossible.
Luke 1:46-56 – Mary Magnifies God
LK1:46 Now Mary responded: LK1:47 “My soul magnifies the LORD! [1 Samuel 2:1] My inner being rejoices in my God, the Savior! [1 Samuel 2:1] LK1:48 For He has seen the humble condition of his servant-girl. Behold, from now on all generations will consider me most blessed. LK1:49 Because the Powerful One has done great things to me, and His name is holy! [Psalm 111:4] LK1:50 His mercy is on every generation of those fearing Him. [Psalm 103:17] LK1:51 With His Arm He has performed a mighty deed. He has scattered the thoughts of the proud in their own hearts. [Psalm 89:10] LK1:52 He has abased powers from their thrones and exalted the humble. [Job 12:19; 5:11] LK1:53 Those hungering He has satisfied with good things, [Psalm 107:9] but the wealthy He has sent away empty. [Psalm 34:10 LXX] LK1:54 He came to the aid of His servant Israel in a memorial of His mercy, [Isaiah 41:8; Psalm 118:3] LK1:55 just as He said to our forefathers – to Abraham [Micah 7:20] and his offspring – unto the Age.” LK1:56 And Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then she returned to her own home.
- Today we can see that many people do have many gods. In the Holy Scriptures we are warned not to have any other god above the Only One God. Bible Verses About Idolatry !! (christianspooksite.wordpress.com) gives some of the many verses of the Scriptures which make it clear not to make worldly persons higher than they are and not to turn unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods, because we should know there is Only One God the Almighty Who is One Elohim Hashem Jehovah Who can say : I [am] the LORD your God.
- The Attributes of God (devosfromthehill.org)
God Is Eternal – He Has No Beginning or End
God Is Perfect – He Is Holy
BS note: You can find more attributes of God in the Christadelphian article: Attributes to God
- Israel’s Kings as Messiahs or Christs (mindingthetruth.com)
In the Hebrew texts the word for “anointed one” is mashiach (משיח), which is anglicized as “messiah.” And in the Septuagint (LXX), the ancient Greek translations of the Hebrew Scriptures used by early Christians, mashiach was rendered christos (χριστος), which is anglicized as “christ.” Here are some examples of this usage of the term mashiach in the Hebrew texts and christos in the Greek translations.
Jesus the Son of God
According to the Scriptures, Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God. What does this mean? Because most Christians take for granted the teaching of the later creeds that Jesus, a man, is actually God as well, they interpret Jesus’ title Son of God as denoting the eternal deity ascribed to him in the creeds. To put it another way, since most Christians presuppose the doctrine of the trinity, when they hear Jesus called the “Son of God” in Scripture, they hear this as “God the Son” of the later creeds. But this is a misinterpretation of the title. According to the Scriptures, Jesus is Son of God for two reasons, or in two different ways; and neither of these reasons or ways involves the idea that Jesus of Nazareth, a man, is somehow actually God as well.
In verse 35, the angel explains that the conception will not be due to the agency of a man, but due to the miraculous agency of God. Thus, strictly speaking the child will have no human father. His father will be God. And it is for this reason that the child will be called holy—the Son of God.
And just as this makes Jesus the Son of God, so too it makes Adam the son of God. In sum, then, according to the words of Gabriel recorded in Luke 1.35, Jesus is the Son of God by birth, or by nature in the original sense of the term (“nature” is derived from the Latin natura which means “by birth”), because Jesus was begotten not by a human father but by God himself through the virgin Mary.
Now the Hebrew Scriptures were interpreted by Jews in the time of Jesus (First Century CE) as holding out the same promise of royal sonship for the ultimate King or Messiah to come. Thus, Psalm 2.7, which reads, “I will relate the decree of YHWH: He said to me, ‘You are my son, today I have begotten you,’” was understood by Jews in the time of Jesus as a prophecy or an oracle relating God’s election of a man to be the ultimate Messiah or anointed of God. Therefore, what is typically in view when Jesus is spoken of as Son of God by the writers of the Greek New Testament Scriptures is that Jesus is the Messiah or the Christ, the man chosen by God to represent God as his king on earth. In terms of the interpretation of Psalm 2.7, the idea is that this oracle finds its fulfillment in Jesus. And indeed this verse, Psalm 2.7, was a staple in early Christian proclamation of Jesus as Messiah. We find it so used in Acts 13.33 and in Hebrews 1.5-6 and 5.5. But this meaning of Son of God for Jesus in the Scriptures goes far beyond the application of Psalm 2.7 to him. This is readily apparent from even a cursory reading of the New Testament Scriptures.
- Open Heavens Daily Devotional. Friday 20 December 2013 Theme : God Promotes. (greaterworksoffaith.wordpress.com)
When God set out to deliver the children of Israel from Egypt, it was to take them out of captivity and bondage and to lift them up. God has come to take you out of your current location in the miry clay to your promised land – a land flowing with milk and honey. This simply tells us that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the God of promotion. When He promotes you, nobody can demote you.
- Psalm 3, A Prayer of Confidence in God (afriendofjesus2013.com)
Confidence, true based upon:
God’s Word – Acts 27:22-25
Assurance – 2 Timothy 1:12
Trust – Habakkuk 3:17-19
Christ’s promise – Philippians 1:6
Illustrated – 1 Samuel 17:45-50
- 1 Samuel 1 and Psalm 6 (rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com)
Hannah is barren and, for an Israelite woman, this is a state of shame. The resolution to her shame follows as the scenes of the story unfold. Eventually Hannah has her first born son and she dedicates him to the Lord.
Abuse is part of Hannah’s problem, she has been abused by her ‘sister-wife’, and no doubt also by her community, for her barrenness. In the four scenes of the story in 1 Samuel 1, Hannah finds her voice and she asserts her “existence and legitimacy,” (Brueggemann: p75), just as those shamed by abuse and a conspiracy of silence need to do. In those same four scenes we see God at work removing her shame, her barrenness.
- 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11 – A Mother Named Hannah (genebrooks.blogspot.com)
Hannah is in many ways an example of an ideal mother. Hannah was one of the noblest Hebrews who ever lived. Her unpleasant circumstances produced in her a character which made her life an inspiration and a blessing to this day.
Samuel Dedicated by Hannah (Topham)
- 2 Samuel 1 (agodlyheritage.wordpress.com)
The lack of faith of Saul, and its resulting lack of obedience, has left Saul alienated from the only eternal power, that of the Lord God, the God of Jacob, the LORD of hosts. This alienation has left him dead without a Saviour. It has left him facing judgment without the blood or righteousness of his Redeemer applied to him. It has left him, in the end, in the light of eternity, weak not mighty. Scripture is clear: better to be “weak” in the world with faith in God then “strong” without Him. So St. Paul tells the Corinthian Christians, “For ye see your calling, brethren, how…not many mighty…are called: But…God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty…That no flesh should glory in his presence…That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:26, 27, 29, 31). So the Virgin Mary rejoiced in her Magnificat that the God of Abraham, her Saviour, “hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree” (Luke 1:52).
- A Psalm. A Song. (Psalm 67) (refreshmyheartinchrist.wordpress.com)
What vision of a Messiah is echoed in this psalm (see Isaiah 66:18 – 23)? Will all embrace Judaism one day (verse 7)?
Luke 1:39-45 – Mary Visits Elizabeth
LK1:39 Now in those days Mary rose and traveled hastily into the hill country to a village of Judah. LK1:40 She entered into the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. LK1:41 Now the moment Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting her baby suddenly moved in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with holy Pneuma. LK1:42 She cried out in a loud voice: “You are most blessed among women! Blessed is the fruit of your womb! LK1:43 Why am I so privileged that the mother of my Master should visit me? LK1:44 For, look, at the very moment I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb leaped with joy! LK1:45 Blessed is the one who continues to believe that there will be a fulfillment to the things spoken to her by YHWH!”
Blessed is the one:
Or, blessed is she, happy the woman.
Or, the Lord. The Greek is without the article.
The Embrace of Elizabeth and the Virgin Mary – 1191 – St. George Church, Kurbinovo, Macedonia
- Blessed is the Fruit of Your womb (reclaimingourchildren.typepad.com)
How beautiful that God would choose to use Mary’s “yes” to save us from our “no.” That the fruit of Mary’s womb, Jesus, would become man, and, by His life, death, and resurrection, expiate the sin of aborting millions of unborn babies from their mother’s wombs.
- 21st December, Gospel Reading (Luke 1:39-45) (prayers4reparation.wordpress.com)
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry
- Just Say It. (thegilmoregirl.wordpress.com)
Can you imagine the comfort of these words to Mary’s ears? How peaceful it must have been to her heart. It’s almost as if you can hear her breath a small sigh of relief, because God had given her another sign that He was taking care of her.Elizabeth spoke of things she didn’t even know of, but those words calmed Mary in a way that only a Savior could. How supernaturally powerful!
- Mary and Elizabeth (rccsdevos.wordpress.com)
Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.
- Christmas ponderings (bweisenauer.wordpress.com)
Mary is willing to allow God to use her for His Kingdom but what did she think when she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth? Luke 1: 39-56 tells us of another sign from God that must have made Mary excited, full of praise as well as apprehensive about her future.
- Waiting… Waiting… (loveunderstandserve.wordpress.com)
A single woman couldn’t just pop into her car and tear off down the highway in those days. She would have had to find a group of people she knew who were traveling in the direction of Ein Karem. She would required permission from her parents to travel. She would have to gather supplies for the journey. Then she would spend several more days actually walking the long distance between her home and Elizabeth’s.Can you imagine the anticipation and anxiety Mary was feeling?
- A Meditation on the Visitation (reclaimingourchildren.typepad.com)
In describing Mary’s departure for Judea, the Evangelist uses the verb “anístemi,” which means “to arise, “to start moving.” Considering that this verb is used in the Gospels to indicate Jesus’ Resurrection (Mk 8:31; 9:9,31; Lk 24:7, 46) or physical actions that imply a spiritual effort (Lk 5:27-28; 15:18,20), we can suppose that Luke wishes to stress with this expression the vigorous zeal which led Mary, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to give the world its Saviour.
- Advent: Anticipation (gospelconvergence.com)
However, one thing that was predictable was the fact that everyone was talking about the anticipated baby in the womb (note: not the anticipated foetus. Anticipation has the wonderful ability to shatter much scientific theory. I digress!)
- Saturday, 21 December 2013 : 3rd Week of Advent, Memorial of St. Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church (Gospel Reading) (petercanisiusmichaeldavidkang.com)
“The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy. Blessed are you who believed that the Lord’s word would come true!”
- More Than Meets The Eye (ubicrux.com)
Imagine that you were a silent observer to this interaction. You would see two people, Mary and Elizabeth, talking to one another. No big deal, right? Conversations between two people happen all the time. But if you limit your vision of the Visitation to only what you see, you will miss so much. Though you can only see two actors in this story, there are actually six. Jesus, the Son, is present as an embryo in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. John the Baptist is present in the womb of Elizabeth and “leaps for joy” at Mary’s words. The Holy Spirit is present, as the Gospel says that Elizabeth was “filled with the Holy Spirit.” And the Father, being omnipotent and omnipresent, is also there. You see a simple conversation. But there is so much more than meets the eye.