Day 17 ~ Luke 1-3
"He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David..." (1:69)
I am being honest here, but I never really spent a lot of time pondering "Zechariah's Song". I just always thought that he was super excited to be a father and he got his voice back – so he praised the Lord.
This time through, however, something caught my attention. Luke is very clear to explain that both Zech and Liz are descendants of Aaron, the priestly line (1:5).
Luke also mentioned that Joseph, who Mary is pledged to, is a descendent of David.
This is what I noticed in Zech's song:
He starts with talking about God, who "raised up a horn (symbolizing strength) of salvation for us in the house of his servant David." (1:69)
Zech isn't taking about his son!
Zech and Liz just had Mary staying with them for three months. You can imagine the dinner conversations between Liz and Mary (Zech couldn't join in on the conversations because he couldn't talk). But he was listening! He heard Mary was a virgin, yet she was pregnant. He heard what the Holy Spirit revealed to Elizabeth,"why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (1:43)
As a result of what he witnessed and believed, his "song" was ALL about Jesus in the first eight and last two verses. We know he's talking about Jesus because his own child would be from the house of Aaron , not David, as he said in 1:64.
After first focusing on Christ and giving God glory, he then turned his attention to his own little baby, "And you, my child, will be called a prophet..." (1:76).
Zech had his priorities straight as soon as he opened his mouth; Christ first and everything else (even one's own child) after that. THEN, Zech goes back to talking about Christ!
What a remarkable man! He really had a love for the Lord. He observed all the Lord's commands out of love for him (1:6).
God picked the right parents to raise John! God knew Zech & Liz would obey 1:5 and teach him the same love and devotion to their Lord!
I want to be a parent like that!!