“My Redeemer Lives,” Nicole C. Mullen
“Zachariah’s Song,” cont’d, Luke 1:78) Through The Tender Mercy Of Our God; Whereby The Dayspring From On High Hath Visited Us, Numbers 24:17; 79) To Give Light to them that Sit In Darkness and in The Shadow of Death, To Guide our feet Into The Way Of Peace. Isaiah 9:2. 80) And the child grew, and waxed Strong in Spirit, and was in the deserts till The Day of his Shewing Unto Israel.
Quest Study Bible – v80, “Why did John live in the desert?” The harsh climate may have helped to Focus his Attention On God. Being separated from the economic and political powers of his day allowed him to speak his Words of Judgment More Freely. His chosen lifestyle also distinguished him from other religious leaders who enjoyed living near the halls of power.
John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v78, Through The Tender Mercy Of Our God, or “Bowels Of Mercy”, to which the Forgiveness of Sin is Owing; the Source and Spring of Pardon, is The Free Grace And Abundant Mercy Of God; It Takes Its Rise From Thence, though It Is Channeled In The Blood And Sacrifice Of Christ; and which no way derogates from, but rather Heightens The Riches Of God’s Grace And Mercy: for it was Mercy That Moved God To Enter Into A Covenant With His Son, In Which Forgiveness Of Sin Is Promised; and It Was Mercy To Set Forth His Son, In His Eternal Purposes and Decrees; and To Send Him Forth In The Fullness Of Time, To Shed His Blood For The Remission Of Sins; It Was The Mercy Of God To Us, THAT PROVIDED A LAMB FOR A BURNT OFFERING, AND THEN ACCEPTED OF THE SACRIFICE AND SATISFACTION OF HIS SON, IN OUR ROOM AND STEAD, AND FORGAVE ALL OUR SINS, FOR HIS SAKE; and whatever The Pardon Of Our Sins Cost God And Christ, It Is All Free Grace And Mercy To Us: it is owing not to The Absolute Mercy Of God, or to The Mercy Of God As An Absolute God, But To The Mercy Of “Our” God; Our God In Christ, Our Covenant God And Father: n the word (anatolh) , e here used, and is translated “The Day Spring”, is the same which the Septuagint use, in ( Jeremiah 23:5 ) ( Zechariah 3:8 ) ( 6:12 ) wherThe Messiah Is Spoken Of, Under The Name Of The “branch”: and Undoubtedly The Messiah Jesus, is intended here, Who Is The Man, That branch, That Has grown Up Out Of His Place; not from below, But From Above; And Who Is The Phosphorus, Or Bringer Of Light, That Bright And Morning Star, That Son Of Righteousness, Who Has Light In Himself, and Communicates Light To Others; even Light Natural, Spiritual, and Eternal; and with His Rays and Beams of Light, Life, And Love, Refreshes, Exhilarates, and Warms, The Hearts of His People: and by the “Visit” He Has Made in o, Whose Bowels Yearned Towards Us, and Whose Pity Is That Of A Tender Parent: whereby The Dayspring From On High Visited Us: The word (anatolh) here used, and is translated “The Day Spring”, is the same which the Septuagint use, in ( Jeremiah 23:5 ) ( Zechariah 3:8 ) ( 6:12 ) where The Messiah Is Spoken Of, Under The Name Of The “branch”: and Undoubtedly The Messiah Jesus, is intended here, Who Is The Man, That branch, That Has grown Up Out Of His Place; not from below, But From Above; And Who Is The Phosphorus, Or Bringer Of Light, That Bright And Morning Star, That Son Of Righteousness, Who Has Light In Himself, and Communicates Light To Others; even Light Natural, Spiritual, and Eternal; and with His Rays and Beams of Light, Life, And Love, Refreshes, Exhilarates, and Warms, The Hearts of His People: and by the “Visit” He Has Made in our, “horizon”, Is Meant His Assumption of Human Nature; which, like a friendly visit, Proceeded From Pure Love To The Children of God; and was A Drawing Near unto them, for it was A Taking on Him their nature, in which He Represented their persons; and was Done through much Difficulty and Great Condescension, Since He Was In The Form Of God, And Thought It Not Robbery (He Was Not Selfish Because Of His Likeness To God) To Be Equal With HIM (GOD); and His Stay on earth in this nature, was but for a little while; so that on all accounts, It may be Truly Called A “Visit”: and which, as the Remission Of Sin Is Wholly Owing To The Tender Mercy Of Our God, Who Put Him Upon It (The Sacrifice For The Remission Of Our Sin), Called Him To It, Sent Him Forth Made of a woman, and In The Likeness of sinful flesh, To Obtain Eternal Redemption, In Which Mercy and Truth Met Together: the End and Design of this Visit, are Signified in the next verse; for the following words belong to The Dayspring From On High, and not to John the Prophet of The Highest. v79, To Give Light to them that sit in darkness God’s elect among the Jews, who were not only in a state of unregeneracy, which is a state of darkness, ignorance, and unbelief; but in the darkness of the legal dispensation, and at this time under more than ordinary darkness and ignorance; having lost The Knowledge Of The Righteousness Of God, and of The Spirituality Of His Law, The True Sense Of The Scriptures, and Right Notions Of The Messiah; being led by blind guides, the Scribes and Pharisees; and, were as it were also, in the shadow of death; in a state seemingly irrecoverable, when Christ, The Great Light Arose, and Shone Upon Them; and Communicated Spiritual Light, Life, and Heat unto them; see (Isaiah 9:2) compared with (Matthew 4:13-16 ) Though Christ Is Also A Light, To Lighten His Chosen Ones Among The Gentiles, ( Luke 2:32 ) but the Jews seem chiefly to be intended here: To Guide our feet Into The Way Of Peace; which we knew not: not that He Came To Teach us How To Make our Peace With God, but To Make Peace For Us, BY THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS; and So By His Spirit And Word, Lead us Into The True Way Of Enjoying Spiritual Peace Here, and Eternal Peace Hereafter. v80, And the child grew, and waxed strong in Spirit That is, John, the son of Zacharias and Elisabeth, grew in stature of body, and increased in Wisdom and Knowledge, and Fortitude in his Soul: and was in the deserts; or “desert”, as the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions read; not in the wilderness of Judea, where he came Preaching, but either of Ziph or Maon, which were near to Hebron; see ( 1 Samuel 23:14 1 Samuel 23:24 1 Samuel 23:25 ) ( Joshua 15:54 Joshua 15:55 ) he was not brought up in the schools of the Prophets, nor in the academies of the Jews, or at the feet of any of their Rabbins and doctors; that it might appear he was not taught and sent of men, But Of God: nor did he dwell in any of the cities, or larger towns, but in deserts; partly that he might be fitted for that Gravity and Austerity (Sternness and Severity) of life, he was to appear in; and that it might be clear he had no Knowledge of (What Jesus Was Doing), nor Correspondence with Jesus, Whose Forerunner He Was, and Of Whom He Was To Bear Testimony, Till Such Time He Did It (Bear Testimony That He Is The Messiah); and in this solitude he remained, till the day of his showing unto Israel; either till the time came that he was to appear before, and be examined by the Sanhedrin, that judged of persons fitness and qualifications for the priesthood, in order to be admitted to it; which should have been when he was thirty years of age, but that he was designed for other service; or rather therefore till he appeared in his Prophetic Office, and showed himself to the people of Israel; to whom he came Preaching The Doctrine of Repentance and Remission of Sins, Administering The Ordinance of Baptism, Giving Notice Of The Near Approach Of The Messiah, And Pointing Him Out Unto The People.