Sunday, March 20, 2016

The "Benedictus"

March 20

Daily Bible Reading: Luke 1:57 – 80

Verse of the Day: Luke 1:67 – “And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,”

In this set of verses today, we find the “Benedictus” or the song of Zacharias. The title “Benedictus” comes from the first word in the Latin translation of this passage. We see it translated into English as blessed from the Greek word ευλογητος. 

God’s Spirit came to Zacharias allowing him to announce the promise of God. Zacharias was part of the priestly line, but God here uses him as a prophet. There are three types of prophecy in the Bible: 1) foretelling future events; 2) forthtelling the Word of God; and, 3) praising God. This prophecy of Zacharias under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit contains all three forms.

Prayer: Spirit of the Almighty God, open my mind, my heart, and my eyes to see the wonder of Your great plan You have revealed in Your Holy Scriptures. I praise You for You plan that allows me to be restored to You and Your family. Alleluia. Amen.

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