The reading for today is Luke 1:74-75
“To grant us that we, having been delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.”
The assigned verses for today pick up mid-thought so I went back to the previous verses to find the context. John the Baptist’s father is prophesying and referencing a promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 22:16-18 & 12:1-3. The covenant God made with Abraham and his seed was ultimately to bless all the nations. The wording of the verse above, “delivered out of the hand of our enemies,” is a little different from Genesis where it says, “your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.” As I read that all the nations will be blessed (and so grateful to be included in the blessing since I am not Jewish!), I wondered . . . who, then, is the enemy? Who on earth is not included in “all the nations”?
Isn’t it easy to decide for ourselves that anyone who is against us, has hurt us, is different from us, we don’t like, don’t understand or don’t agree with, is our enemy? But if all the nations, all the people, will be blessed, then I’m guessing the real and only enemy is Satan with the forces of evil. I make God’s promise so small when I only apply it to my limited understanding and place on His great timeline.
We have been delivered out of the hand of our adversary. May we serve (original word means minister as a priest) without fear (original word is boldly) in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days!
Ancient of Days, Faithful One, Covenant-Maker & Keeper, we praise You for who You are! Thank You that You are faithful when we are not. Thank You for Your promise to Abraham and our inclusion. Help us to love others with Your love. Amen.
Paula Barney firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Those who are not like us.