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21st MESSIANIC SYMBOL for the Advent Season: Horn

December 20, 2009

DECEMBER 21: Ezekiel 29:21

On that day I will make a horn grow for the house of Israel, and I will open your mouth among them. Then they will know that I am the Lord (NIV)

For us “horn” means what grows out of the head of some animals, or a musical instrument like a trumpet. Often pictures of angels show them blowing long trumpets to announce the coming of Jesus. Little toy horns are sometimes included on old-fashioned Christmas cards.

The people of Israel would have thought of the horn of a ram when they heard Ezekiel’s prophecy. Ram’s horns had many uses in Bible times. Sometimes a ram’s horn would be made into a musical instrument called a shofar. The shofar was blown as a signal for the beginning of a special festival or for the call to battle. Ram’s horns were also used as containers for carrying liquids. Sometimes the liquid was oil used for anointing a king. The prophet Samuel anointed David with oil to show that God had chosen him to be king of Israel.

The people of Israel thought of a horn as a symbol of strength. Several times in the Old Testament, God was referred to as a “horn of salvation.” And in the New Testament, Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, talked about Jesus as “a horn of salvation for us” (Luke 1:69).

This shows us two things God promised about Jesus. First, that He would come as our savior, and second, that He would have strength. Jesus had to be strong enough to overcome death in order to give us salvation.

Almost everyone knows the song “Jesus Loves Me.” We usually sing it to remind ourselves of His love, but it also reminds us of His strength when we sing the lines, “Little ones to Him belong; they are weak, but He is strong.” Jesus knows that we often lack the strength to face the hard parts of daily life, but He has promised to give us His strength. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” When we understand that we are weak, then the power of Jesus can work in our lives.

As you read Ezekiel 29:21, remember God’s promises to give you His strength.

Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak, but He is strong!

Anna B. Warner (1820-1915)

Thank God for sending His Son, Jesus, into this world; and for giving Him power to save.  Thank God for the salvation that Jesus has given to you.

Ask God to fill you with His power and strength for your daily life.

I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised.

Psalm 18:1-3a (ESV)