Throughout the book of Luke, there are there hymn-like passages relating to Christ and His Incarnation including Mary’s song of praise in Luke 1:46-55, the joyful response of Elisabeth toward Mary in Luke 1:42, and there is Zechariah’s song in Luke 1:68-79.
In Zechariah’s song, he exalted Christ by painting another portrait for us to meditate upon.
Luke 1:69 (KJV)
69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
Psalm 18:2 (KJV)
2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
This title, “Horn of Salvation” speaks of strength and power.
Horns were used in a variety of ways in Bible times. Of course, we know that horns grew on the male animal and the bull was the strongest of cattle. It would fight off the herd’s enemies by lowering it’s head and charging another animal fiercely. The bull was the protector of the other cattle. So is Christ as the Horn of Salvation, the protector of our soul. Those that trust Christ have been delivered from the foe of their souls.
Horns were also used as drinking vessels in Bible times, meaning the horn of an animal would be severed in such a way to become a very useful vessel for drinking. Christ was crucified, severed, pierced, in order to become the living water which satisfies the deepest thirst of man. Thank God for our horn of salvation.
John 4:14 (KJV)
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
The horn in Bible times was also used as a musical instrument. The ram’s horn was used to blow a sound similar to that of a trumpet. We are reminded that Christ replaces the discord, disorder, and chaos in this life, with harmony. His presence and power in a life, can create a symphony of our emotions, thoughts, experiences, affections, personalities, blending them together to portray Himself through us bringing harmony to all of life.
The horn in the Bible that we are also familiar with is the horns of the altar. The horns were the corners of the altar and the most sacred part of it. There a fugitive, a guilty sinner, could take hold an be protected from his enemy. There were beautiful colors nearby and sweet smelling incense, but none of these could help a person in great distress and trouble. The horns of the altar offered refuge, hope, and retreat. Jesus made the great sacrifice so that we might take hold of Him as our “horn of salvation”.
As our horn of salvation, he is our protector, provider, the one who brings harmony to our lives, our helper, the one that we can cling to in times of distress and conflict. Thank God for this portrait of Christ given to us to meditate on, to behold, and to build our faith in Christ.