Deliverance Delivered

The people were shocked when Zacharias was unable to speak after offering incense to God. They were surprised to learn that he insisted his son be called John instead of by his own name, and they were filled with an awesome fear. And then, being filled with the Holy Spirit, he prophesied.
Deliverance Delivered
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Zacharias was struck with dumbness (being unable to speak) when he did not believe the report from Gabriel that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a son. As a priest, and foundationally a male Jew, he should have known that God could by-pass the feebleness of an aged couple. After all, every natural Jew by lineage comes from Abraham and Sarah, an aged couple that could not have children because Sarah had advanced past the time when she could have children.

Until John the Baptist was born Zacharias could not speak, but when John was born Zacharias praised God

and prophesied as recorded in Luke 1:68-79. There is much there to look at, and Zacharias did not prophesy about his own son first, but about the Christ, the Son of God. Here is that passage for your convenience:
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people, 69  And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; 70 As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: 71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; 73 The oath which he swore to our father Abraham, 74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. 76 And you, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for you shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, 78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high has visited us, 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."

Although the primary “target group" for this prophetic utterance was the people of Israel, the physical seed of Abraham, it is also for the spiritual seed of Abraham: those who have fully surrendered to Christ, having their sins forgiven and are living for Him. One of the chief things that was mentioned about the Christ would be the deliverance He would bring and from verses 71 to 75 that deliverance would be in three ways.

I. Delivered From ... 71

Our enemies

Satan would be at the “top of the list” when it comes to the enemies of the people of God. That would also include his demons {1}. The kingdom of darkness is very active today probably in reaction to the fact that the Kingdom Of Christ draws near.

Considering the epistles to the Ephesians and Colossians, there are only two kingdoms and generally speaking they are the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light. All belong to the kingdom of darkness from their start, but anyone may cross over {2} to the kingdom of light by the grace of God if they so choose. To do so means to forsake all sin, a difficult task for many who find certain sins enjoyable.

In a way, anyone not part of the kingdom of light is an enemy of those who are redeemed by Christ. However, based on Ephesians 6:12, the real problem involves not “flesh and blood” but the “... principalities, ... powers, ... rulers of the darkness of this world, ... spiritual wickedness in high places” that most people are influenced by-- although they do not realize it. All this adds up to great spiritual corruption within the world system and the sin it practices and even promotes.

However, though satan and the world system are enemies, our worst enemy is our own self. After all, we make certain decisions every day and until we decide to truly live for Christ, our life develops no eternal fruit. A good thought for a Christian to think about is that “Jesus Christ came to save me from me.”

Those that hate us

Looking at history and the present time one can see there has always been elements in society that hate Jews. This is because  the unredeemed subconsciously know that Christ (Messiah) is of Jewish stock. The human flesh does not want to be converted. Our sinful flesh naturally enjoys sin.

And because the human flesh does not want to be converted, Christians are highly persecuted because they are the spiritual seed of Christ. It seems to me that Christianity is the most maligned and most persecuted religious group. The world might like the material blessings we may give, but they hate the Christ Who will prevent them from sinning because they enjoy sinning. Oh, they do not mind the Christ that is “all love” and no judgment. But bring up forsaking sin and living a holy life and they will yell, “do not judge!”

So, because a large element of society hates the real sin-hating Jesus, they hate Christians. Note what Jesus had to say in John 15:18-25 (ASV*), “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, ‘A servant is not greater than his lord.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22  If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He that hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which none other did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this comes to pass, that the word may be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.”

II.

Delivered With ...  72-73

Mercy

The mercy mentioned in verse 72 can be traced back to Genesis 3:15 when YHVH God said to satan {3}, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." This was proclaimed after Adam and Eve sinned and indicated that God in His great mercy would not let the human race be plagued with sin and its results. God, Himself, as The Son would take on our flesh, remain obedient to the Father, live the perfect life that we should, then go to the cross to take our sins and be punished for them. He would then physically die but would conquer death by rising. Thus His efficacious work removes sin and the ultimate consequences of our sin.


Promise Fulfilled

While YHVH’s statement to satan in Genesis 3:15 was a rebuke to him, it was a promise of hope for all of mankind. A Savior would be born to take away our sin. Seven generations later Enoch, by the Holy Spirit, prophesied of a vindictive YHVH who would come and take vengeance upon the ungodly. Jude 13-14 records, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."

Down through the centuries the truth of the politically conquering Messiah became a focal point of many. The nation would sin, then be oppressed by an enemy. God would raise someone up to conquer the political enemy. Once freedom was restored it did not take long for people to return to their sinful lifestyle. Then the cycle would start again. The removal of sin had to come first.

III. Delivered To ... 74-75

The deliverance that Christ brings enables one to truly serve God. Unless the devil has numbed it, most people have a desire to serve, to do something in their life. The best thing anyone can choose is to serve God. When we are liberated from sin and self by the power of Christ we are enabled to serve God. Such service will bring eternal reward.

Notice that by the Holy Spirit Zacharias said, “without fear.” Quite often Biblically faith is the opposite of fear. As we continue to obediently serve God by His grace we develop faithfulness.

By the Holy Spirit Zacharias said, “...serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him,...” Holiness and righteousness might seem to us to be the same thing, but there are differences between them.

Vine {4} indicates there were four possible words that could have been translated “holiness,” and the one in the text before us means “...the manifestation of the quality of holiness in personal conduct.” Christ makes those who truly come to Him to be holy and it will show in their life. Do not misunderstand though. It is true that when one comes to Christ they are made holy, but each of us must grow in holiness.s

Concerning the term, “righteousness," Strong {5} states it can mean . . . 


1) in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God 
1a) the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God 
1b) integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking, feeling, and acting 

Again, this is the work of Christ in a person who is truly yielded to Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 states, “Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him."


In Christ and only in Christ is their true deliverance, true liberation. Once we are in Christ and He is in us there is no reason to be like the world, and no reason to be a slave to sin.

Notes:

{1} Please see Demons: Real And Ravaging

{2} When you get a chance, please listen to my message, Cross Over. The link for the mp3 is located at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M92 .

{3} Not capitalized on purpose.

{4} Vine, W. E.: An Expository Dictionary Of New Testament Words (Flemming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, NJ : 1966) Vol. 2, pp 225-6

{5} From an electronic version of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong incorporated in the Online Bible program, and so throughout the article whenever the ancient language is referred to and no other authority is cited.

This article was in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by February 5, 2015 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M347 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the 1769 Authorized Version with spelling of some words updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. An * next to the abbreviation for another translation or version indicates the same for the text presented.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    Communities are like large families in many ways. Every community needs some prayerful giants to surround the people with prayer. Our world is racing more and more toward an individualistic world, and the community is one of the causalities of this rampant focus on self.
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