Let us learn to be quiet and still

Marty Crawford, Financial Administrator

 

Zechariah’s “prophecy” (also known as the Benedictus) is one of today’s readings. Zechariah was the father of John the Baptist. When an angel revealed God’s plans about a son to be born to him he did not believe, so the angel made him mute until the time of John’s birth. When Zechariah finally speaks, it is beautiful.

 

After spending more than nine months without speaking, Zechariah really has something to say. His words recount God’s faithfulness to do what He promised, to raise up salvation in remembrance of His holy covenant. He promises deliverance from enemies and peace. Zechariah also prophesies about his son as the “prophet of the Most High” who will prepare the way of the Lord.

 

Perhaps most unique is Zechariah’s perspective. That is, he speaks of the salvation of the Lord in past tense: “he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us.” What makes it unique is that it would be about three more months until Jesus is born. Zechariah has had time to think and pray and weigh out the significance of the coming events.

 

His effervescent praise is rich, deep, and certain; and it’s grounded in God’s tender mercy.

 

How was this perspective achieved? Extended quietness—not being able to speak.

 

Let us learn to be quiet and still as we watch for the coming of the savior.

 

 

 

Readings:

Malachi 3:13-18
Those who serve God

 

Luke 1:68-79
God’s tender compassion

 

Philippians 1:18b-26
Paul rejoices though imprisoned