His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
Luke 1: 67 – 75
Zechariah had spent about nine months in silence! He was an educated man who could write what he needed, but he must have been missing words and conversation, as he watched and supported his wife through her pregnancy, labour and delivery. He had seen God’s word fulfilled in the birth of a son in his old age, and he hadn’t been able to speak about it. Now, as he obeys God’s instruction to name the boy John, his tongue is freed, and he bursts out with praise, using the words from the Old Testament prophecies and psalms that were so familiar from his work as a priest. He is seeing and participating in God’s redemption of Israel.
Prayer: Lord as we watch and wait through Advent, we offer you our praise and thanks for all the people of God who have gone before us. Thank you for their words and stories kept for us in the Bible, thank you that they and we are part of your redeeming plan. Amen
Action: Think about how God has been working in your life during the past year – what have you learned?