Bible Study Devotional – Day 110 – Commentary Luke 1:76-80 – What is the knowledge of salvation?

“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and the shadow of death to guide our feet into the path of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel. (Luke 1:76-80)

As a writer, I spend most of my day in isolation. I’m not alone. The Holy Spirit surrounds me, resides in my spirit, and unites with my mind, giving me truth and stories to pass onto readers. I don’t write for myself. I write for you. Besides my sister, Pam, who comments regularly, I don’t know you personally. But God does. He knows who my readers will be, so the words He whispers to me are for you. I pray for the words you need to hear.

Living isolated in the wilderness, John the Baptist ate locusts and honey and covered his privates with foliage or animal skins. Dependent upon God for food, shelter, clothing, and safety, he prayed more in a month than most do in a lifetime. During his 10+ years in isolation, God gave John the words the Israelites needed to hear to be the herald lifting up the horn of salvation to announce Jesus. He spirit was strong with God’s spirit. When he appeared from the wilderness, the Israelites were curious about the man God named, ‘God is gracious,’ the miracle child of an elderly mother and a father whose speech was seized and restored. So immediately upon stepping out of the forest, John became a public figure with followers and gave us the knowledge of salvation. He told the Israelites and all of us that God is gracious; that when we repent, Jesus will remove our wrongdoings, making us righteous; and that when we step out in faith to serve God, He will rescue us from our enemies. God gave John the words the Israelites and all of us needed to hear, and people flocked to John to be baptized with water.

The rising “son,” love’s pure light, followed John to give calm and light to those in the shadow of death, guiding their feet into the path of peace. Then, silent nights close with radiant beams from the “Son’s” Holy Face and the dawn’s redeeming grace. Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth. Hear the light of young Jackie Evancho singing Silent Night.

Bible Study Devotional – Day 110 – Commentary Luke 1:76-80 – What is the knowledge of salvation?

4 thoughts on “Bible Study Devotional – Day 110 – Commentary Luke 1:76-80 – What is the knowledge of salvation?

  1. I just love Silent Night, such a beautiful song. I also love the pictures you have chosen to put with your devotions. I love this devotion and it made me feel at peace. As we get closer and closer to Christmas and we are working hard to get ready doing wrapping shopping and baking etc, it is so good to stop and feel the peace around us. I need a reminder on why John lost his voice and why it was restored.

    1. Thanks for your encouragement. I’m so delighted the devotion helped you feel peace during this busy time of year. Praying for a person as I buy and wrap their present or for my family as I prepare food and bake cookies also helps me to feel love and peace while I’m working hard to prepare for Christmas. It was not John who lost his voice. It was his father, Zechariah. He lost his voice when he didn’t believe Gabriel (God’s messenger angel) when Gabriel told him he would have a son in his old age. He regained his voice when he declared he would name his son, John, as God had commanded him through Gabriel. The miracle of Zechariah losing and regaining his voice drew attention to John, giving John him a following as he told about repentance, baptized with water, and prepared the way for Jesus.

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