Main point summary
Zechariah as led by the Holy Spirit, proclaims the Great Davidic Baby, and also the Other Baby, who will help us all make sure we go to the Great Baby.
Bracket of this text
And his father Zechariah e was filled with the Holy Spirit
and f prophesied,
g “Blessed be the Lord h God of Israel,
for he has i visited
and j redeemed his people
and k has raised up l a horn of salvation for us
m in the house of his servant David,
n as o he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
p that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
q to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and r to remember his holy s covenant,
t the oath that he swore to our father Abraham,
to grant us
that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him u without fear,
v in holiness and righteousness before him w all our days.
And you, child, will be called x the prophet of y the Most High;
for z you will go before the Lord
to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
a in the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the b tender mercy of our God,
whereby c the sunrise shall d visit us 1 e from on high
to f give light to g those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into h the way of i peace.”
What can we see?
*Notice that being saved by enemies is not something separate from serving God without fear. We can say that being able to serve God without fear IS deliverance from the enemy *The Davidic Covenant was promised to David in 2 Samuel 7. Do you think he thought that the eternal kingdom would come through the means of the forgiveness of our sins? What could David have had in mind at the time? *The “horn” was seen as a sign of kingly Authority, and also used for anointing kings. So Zechariah just by that one word is referring to this as yet unborn baby as a king. Perhaps Zechariah had some inkling of the fulfilment of the Davidic covenant, or perhaps he was unconscious of it. Either way, the Holy Spirit led his words with power! *Jesus is seen here, indirectly, as the bringer of the Isaiah 55:3-4 Davidic covenant king and commander. There in verse 4, Jesus is commander. As in verse 71, he would be triumphant over his enemies. And John is his great servant, the bringer of the great message, in Malachi 3:1, and also the one who heralds The First Day of the Lord, in Malachi 4:2 (see the sunrise of Luke 1:78). *How amazing a king will this little baby be, and how necessary a messenger will the other baby also be, to show us our desperate need of the greater baby! Two great babies in this Song of Zechariah!