78. (5) Its duration--"all the days of our life.". How, &c.--not the unbelief of Zacharias, "Whereby shall I know this?" 46-55. (See Matthew 11:10 Matthew 11:11 .) The unnamed author of Luke names its recipient, Theophilus, who is most likely a real (but unknown) person or could simply mean a fellow believer, since theo philus is Greek for God lover. (2) The nature of this service--"in holiness and righteousness before Him" ( Luke 1:75 )--or, as in His presence (compare Psalms 56:13 ). 69. horn of salvation--that is "strength of salvation," or "mighty Salvation," meaning the Saviour Himself, whom Simeon calls "Thy Salvation" ( Luke 2:30 ). . The naming of children at baptism has its origin in the Jewish custom at circumcision ( Genesis 21:3 Genesis 21:4 ); and the names of Abram and Sarai were changed at its first performance ( Genesis 17:5 Genesis 17:15 ). About the author, Luke the physician. a city of Juda--probably Hebron (see Joshua 20:7 , 21:11 ). . and power of Elias--not his miraculous power, for John did no miracle" ( John 10:41 ), but his power "turning the heart," or with like success in his ministry. for--rather, as in the Margin, "that.". HE was the REALITY and PERFECTION of the Nazarite without the symbol, which perished in that living realization of it: "Such an High Priest became us, who was SEPARATE FROM SINNERS" ( Hebrews 7:26 ). 7. 19. (1) The purpose of all redemption--"that we should serve Him"--that is, "the Lord God of Israel" ( Luke 1:68 ). All Rights Reserved. 1. my spirit--"all that is within me" ( Psalms 103:1 ). This book was written to record an accurate account “so that you may know the exact truth” (1:4), of the life of Jesus Christ as the perfect Savior of the world. Abraham, though older, and doubtless Sarah, too, when the same promise was made to him, "staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God." The word signifies religious service distinctively--"the priesthood of the New Testament" [BENGEL]. Apocryphal or spurious gospels, upheld by parties unfriendly to the truths exhibited in the canonical Gospels, have not perished; but those well-meant and substantially correct narratives here referred to, used only while better were not to be had, were by tacit consent allowed to merge in the four peerless documents which from age to age, and with astonishing unanimity, have been accepted as the written charter of all Christianity. John--the same as "Johanan," so frequent in the Old Testament, meaning "Jehovah's gracious gift.". 37. Summaries Courtesy of the Ultimate Bible Summary Collection. The book of Luke is a Gospel that contains Narrative History, Genealogy, Sermons, Parables, and some Prophetic Oracles. Luke 1:57-80 . most excellent--or "most noble"--a title of rank applied by this same writer twice to Felix and once to Festus ( Acts 22:26 , 24:3 , 26:25 ). This chapter describes the events leading up to the birth of Jesus. Because Luke was a doctor, he was a man of science and research, and this in reflected in his history of the life of Jesus. My soul . 42-44. Three were employed at the offering of incense--to remove the ashes of the former service; to bring in and place on the golden altar the pan filled with hot burning coals taken from the altar of burnt offering; and to sprinkle the incense on the hot coals; and, while the smoke of it ascended, to make intercession for the people. 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled[ a] among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first If "the disobedient" be "the children," and to "the fathers" belongs "the wisdom of the just" [BENGEL], the meaning will be, "he shall bring back the ancient spirit of the nation into their degenerate children" [CALVIN, &c.]. In the Old Testament, God is said to "visit" chiefly for judgment, in the New Testament for mercy. Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Zacharias would, as yet, have but imperfect views of such "visiting and redeeming," "saving from and delivering out of the hand of enemies" ( Luke 1:71 Luke 1:74 ). As Jesus travels, He teaches, preaches, heals the sick, and brings hope to the desperate and discouraged. A magnificent canticle, in which the strain of Hannah's ancient song, in like circumstances, is caught up, and just slightly modified and sublimed. 45. . 59. eighth day--The law ( Genesis 17:12 ) was observed, even though the eighth day after birth should be a sabbath ( John 7:23 ; and see Philippians 3:5 ). 3. from the very first--that is, from the very earliest events; referring to those precious details of the birth and early life, not only of our Lord, but of His forerunner, which we owe to Luke alone. . Marvellous faith in such circumstances! 66. hand of the Lord was with him--by special tokens marking him out as one destined to some great work ( 1 Kings 18:46 , 2 Kings 3:15 , Acts 11:21 ). This separation was in ordinary cases temporary and voluntary: only Samson ( Judges 13:7 ), Samuel ( 1 Samuel 1:11 ), and John Baptist were Nazarites from the womb. But that the acceptance of this daily offering depended on the expiatory virtue presupposed in the burnt offering, and pointing to the one "sacrifice of a sweet-smelling savor" ( Ephesians 5:2 ), is evident from Isaiah 6:6 Isaiah 6:7 . "That St. Luke, of all the Evangelists, should have obtained and recorded these inspired utterances of Zacharias and Mary--is in accordance with his character and habits, as indicated in Luke 1:1-4 " [WEBSTER and WILKINSON].