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Choosing his words carefully (Luke 1 v 56-80)

While Elizabeth and Mary were speaking and singing about God’s goodness, Elizabeth’s husband Zechariah was literally speechless (verse 20). But the time was coming for his words to return. What would he use them to do?

A strange name
Read Luke 1:56

• How are the events of verses 59-64 an “undoing” of what had happened to Zechariah in the temple (Luke 1:11)?
• What were the crowd expecting Zechariah to name his baby?

In naming his son John, the new father is showing that he’s now fully signed up to God’s plan. He would rather follow God’s lead than tradition’s, or society’s. Where once there was doubt and disbelief, now there is a deep confidence and trust in the truth of God’s word.

• What does a tongue loosed by trusting in God’s word do (v 64)?

An amazing plan
Read verses 67-80

Zechariah’s Spirit-directed praise outlines for us both what God is up to, and who He is doing it through.

• Pick out the phrases which tell us what God was doing in Zechariah’s day.
• How is He doing this (the “horn” symbolises strength) (v 69)?
• In light of Luke 1:31, who is being spoken of here?

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TIME OUT
The “enemies” (v 74) Zechariah meant were probably the occupying Romans.
Read Luke 11:14.
• Which ultimate enemy did Jesus, the one “in the house of his servant David” (v 69), come to defeat?
And so Zechariah finished by prophesying a much greater consequence of God’s plan than a simple political rescue (v 78- 79). God has come to bring the light of life to those “in the shadow of death”.
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• What role will Zechariah’s son, John, play in God’s great plan (v 76-77)?
• What result would God’s actions have for His people (v 74-75)?

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APPLY
We’ve seen the right response to seeing God’s plan of salvation unfold is to praise God (v 64), to serve God freely, and to live a holy life ie: become like Him (v 75).
• How can you do each of these things a little more today?
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PRAY THRU
Choose a couple of phrases from Zechariah’s wonderful song, and use them to praise “the Most High”.
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Explore God's Word Daily helps you open up the Bible to be refreshed and encouraged in your walk with God. "Explore" is the daily Bible-reading devotional from The Good Book Company (www.thegoodbook.com). Contributors include: Dr Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York; Mike McKinley, Senior pastor of Guilford Baptist Church; Tim Chester, author and pastor of Crowded House, Sheffield, UK; Mark Meynell, Senior Associate Minister at All Soul’s Langham Place, London, UK. Editors: Tim Thornborough and Carl Laferton.

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