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Today: Psalms 34:11-22; Luke 1:57-80; Numbers 4; Numbers 5:1-10

Psalms 34

“The LORD redeems the souls of His servants, and none of those who take refuge in Him will suffer for their guilt.” Psalms 34:22

Thank You, Jesus Christ our Savior, who redeems the souls of Your servants so that we will not suffer for our guilt!

I love how often David alludes to the coming Christ in his writing. In Psalm 34:20 we see this again: “He protects all his bones, not one of them is broken.” Just one or two of these descriptions of Jesus’ crucifixion could have been chance. But we see David drop these prophetic words into his lyrics repeatedly. How many times before it is not coincidence? David was truly a prophet of God.

"Mary and Elizabeth" painting by Julie-ann Bowden

Luke 1

“…because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the sunrise from on high will visit us, to shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78-79

In yesterday’s passage from Luke 1, we saw Mary and Elizabeth both filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesying. In today’s passage, when John the Baptist is born, Zechariah’s muteness is miraculously healed. And he too is filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesies.

There were profound, miraculous things happening… an old barren couple conceiving a child, muteness inflicted and healed, a virgin birth, infilling of the Holy Spirit, and prophesies. What an amazing time!

God is very capable of showing us when He is working. We learn so much about His methods in the Scriptures (one important reason to read them). He usually sends prophets to tell us what He is going to do. ALL of God’s prophecies come true sooner or later. Notice how He often tells us WHAT He is going to do, but does not usually give us dates. The Jews waited a thousand years for Jesus to come after David’s prophetic writings.

The timeline is interesting. Abraham lived approximately 2000 years before Jesus. David live 1000 years before Jesus. And here we are 2000 years later, waiting for the remaining Biblical prophecies to come to pass. They most certainly WILL come to pass some day. And God seems to like to do things every thousand years or so…. Come, Lord Jesus!