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And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,
“Blessed be 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 from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
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 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 before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
by: Gabrielle Watt.
In yesterday’s passage, Zechariah began praising God when God gave him back his ability to speak. Zechariah certainly had plenty to praise God for. In this passage, which is in some versions titled “Zechariah’s Song,” we read that both praise and Holy Spirit inspired prophecy came from him. God was preparing a way of salvation through Jesus and Zechariah’s son, John, would be the one to guide God’s people and prepare the way for the Messiah. The Holy Spirit allowed Zechariah to see that what was happening was greater than God’s plan for just his family, but was actually the fulfillment of God’s plan for salvation for the world that had been prophesied since the Old Testament.'