Thursday, December 17, 2015

Advent - Day 17

Jesus - Horn of Salvation

Luke 1:69

KJV - And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

NLT - He has sent us a mighty Savior[a]
    from the royal line of his servant David,
                                a Greek has raised up a horn of salvation for us.

This word is used metaphorically also for strength (Deut. 33:17) and honour (Job 16:15Lam. 2:3). Horns are emblems of power, dominion, glory, and fierceness, as they are the chief means of attack and defence with the animals endowed with them (Dan. 8:5, 9; 1 Sam. 2:116:1131 Kings 1:3922:11Josh. 6:4, 5;Ps. 75:510132:17Luke 1:69, etc.). 

The expression "horn of salvation," applied to Christ, means a salvation of strength, or a strong Saviour (Luke 1:69). To have the horn "exalted" denotes prosperity and triumph (Ps. 89:1724). To "lift up" the horn is to act proudly (Zech. 1:21).

What does Jesus, Horn of Salvation, mean to you?