"Great Catch of Fish," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Luke 3:1-22 Commentary
by Elisabeth Johnson
Three authoritative speeches have already announced John’s role in the events that are unfolding, echoing the words of Malachi concerning the messenger God will send to “prepare the way” (Malachi 3:1; 4:5-6).
The angel Gabriel speaks to Zechariah about the child with whom he and Elizabeth will be blessed, who will be “filled with the Holy Spirit” and “turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.” With “the spirit and power of Elijah,” he will “make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:15b-17).
Elizabeth also testifies to her son’s role in the events unfolding when, filled with the Holy Spirit, she interprets the child’s leaping in her womb (1:41-44). Finally Zechariah is “filled with the Holy Spirit” (1:67) and prophesies concerning his son’s role in God’s coming salvation: “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the ...
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January 06, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's readings are: Luke 3:1-22 and Psalm 51:6-17 or 51:13.