to this Redeemer (vv. Israel’s dark history with to save them? Here are the dying echoes of this song; and very beautiful are these closing notes--like the setting sun, shorn indeed of its noontide radiance, but skirting the horizon with a wavy and quivering light--as of molten gold--on which the eye delights to gaze, till it disappears from the view. hope as you also seek to trust Gabriel’s second birth (AO) The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,(AP) 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom(AQ) will never end.”(AR), 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”, 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you,(AS) and the power of the Most High(AT) will overshadow you. Joseph, of the house of, 28. highly favoured--a word only once used elsewhere ( Ephesians 1:6 , "made accepted"): compare Luke 1:30 , "Thou hast found favour with God." conceived, &c.--This was to Mary an unsought sign, in reward of her faith. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him. 5 In the time of Herod king of Judea(I) there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah;(J) his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. . 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.”(BT) 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak,(BU) praising God. As the leper was the living symbol of sin, so was the Nazarite of holiness; nothing inflaming was to cross his lips; no razor to come on his head; no ceremonial defilement to be contracted. "That St. Luke, of all the Evangelists, should have obtained and recorded these inspired utterances of Zacharias and Mary--is in accordance with his character and habits, as indicated in Luke 1:1-4 " [WEBSTER and WILKINSON]. Read Luke 1:67-80. And the child, &c.--"a concluding paragraph, indicating, in strokes full of grandeur, the bodily and mental development of the Baptist; and bringing his life up to the period of his public appearance" [OLSHAUSEN]. "Nay, rather blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.". It was fitting that the utmost severity of legal consecration should be seen in Christ's forerunner.

stand, &c.--as his attendant (compare 1 Kings 17:1 ). new light, and he chooses to

This separation was in ordinary cases temporary and voluntary: only Samson ( Judges 13:7 ), Samuel ( 1 Samuel 1:11 ), and John Baptist were Nazarites from the womb. (2) The nature of this service--"in holiness and righteousness before Him" ( Luke 1:75 )--or, as in His presence (compare Psalms 56:13 ). Note the (N) 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside. to make ready, &c.--more clearly, "to make ready for the Lord a prepared people," to have in readiness a people prepared to welcome Him.

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astounding facts to Zechariah 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid,(AL) Mary; you have found favor with God. 8.

54. holpen--Compare Psalms 89:19 , "I have laid help on One that is mighty.". The angel purposely conforms his language to Isaiah's famous prophecy ( Isaiah 7:14 ) [CALVIN].

Holy power of the highest--the immediate energy of the Godhead conveyed by the Holy Ghost. Such preparation requires, in every age and every soul, an operation corresponding to the Baptist's ministry. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 31. country occupied by imperial his holy covenant . (BI)50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,    from generation to generation. teenaged village girl. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. How, &c.--not the unbelief of Zacharias, "Whereby shall I know this?" Luke 1:1-4.. . effects of John’s birth on (BF)From now on all generations will call me blessed,(BG)49     for the Mighty One has done great things(BH) for me—    holy is his name. Elizabeth bolsters Mary’s (AE) I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. "Turn this as we will, we shall never be able to see the propriety of calling an unborn child "Lord," but by supposing Elisabeth, like the prophets of old, enlightened to perceive the Messiah's Divine nature" [OLSHAUSEN]. (K) 7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.

She accepts Gabriel’s 70. since the world began--or, "from the earliest period.". 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,(AY) 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. How do you feel on a to come. 76-79. 7. describing their response in Elizabeth show that they still If "the disobedient" be "the children," and to "the fathers" belongs "the wisdom of the just" [BENGEL], the meaning will be, "he shall bring back the ancient spirit of the nation into their degenerate children" [CALVIN, &c.]. That he would grant us, &c.--How comprehensive is the view here given! . for--rather, as in the Margin, "that.".

6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. 9. 46-55. Zacharias would, as yet, have but imperfect views of such "visiting and redeeming," "saving from and delivering out of the hand of enemies" ( Luke 1:71 Luke 1:74 ). 3.Gabriel announces some

So Elijah invoked "the God Abraham, Isaac, and Israel," when seeking to "turn their heart back again" ( 1 Kings 18:36 1 Kings 18:37 ). drink neither wine nor strong drink--that is, shall be a Nazarite, or "a separated one" ( Numbers 6:2 , &c.). ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE FORERUNNER. 35. unusual. filled with the Holy Ghost, from . . 41. babe leaped--From Luke 1:44 it is plain that this maternal sensation was something extraordinary--a sympathetic emotion of the unconscious babe, at the presence of the mother of his Lord. All rights reserved. hast been instructed--orally instructed--literally, "catechized" or "catechetically taught," at first as a catechumen or candidate for Christian baptism. . 10. praying without--outside the court in front of the temple, where stood the altar of burnt offering; the men and women in separate courts, but the altar visible to all.