Zechariah, overflowing with the Holy Spirit, praised the Lord God in Luke 1:68–69: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.”
Zechariah’s words as he was praising God for his child will eventually bring the long-awaited arrival of the very important “horn of salvation” to the lives of every believer. What exactly does the “horn of salvation” mean?
What Is The Horn Of Salvation?
The term “horn of salvation” appears several times in the Bible. The horn of salvation comes up in 2 Samuel 22:3, alongside other qualities of God such as stronghold, refuge, and savior. Psalm 18:2 also mentions the horn of salvation within a verse where God is described as “my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer.”
Passages from the Bible that specifically allude to the “horn of salvation,” like the aforementioned verses, refer to Jesus defeating our inner and spiritual adversaries. Imagine animals with an intimidating, powerful horn, and their horn makes all of their enemies frightened and fearful.
Similarly, God’s salvation is our horn. Since His salvation and redeeming grace are powerful, He has instilled fear in the minds of His adversaries. Indeed, it is the greatest protection against evil and wickedness.
What Does Salvation Have To Do With A Horn?
The word “horn” has several meanings in the Old Testament. One meaning of horn pertains to a pointy bony structure sprouting out of the head of an animal (Genesis 22:13). The mentioned animal horns, which were often utilized for combat, defense, and dominance, became emblems of power, might, and victory.
The four horns mentioned in Zechariah 1:18–19 denote authority. In line with that, the ten horns of the fourth beast written in Daniel 7:7 signify ten kings. When we combine everything with the concept of salvation, we get the type of victory that only Christ can provide and deliver.
Remarkably, the two Old Testament verses that mention the horn of salvation, Psalm 18:2 and 2 Samuel 22:3, belong to David. David was a legendary warrior and ruler. In conflict, he found triumph on all sides of God.
Moreover, David’s personal history with King Saul (when David was considered to be the new king, but Saul—the present king—wanted to bring David down) implies that David had plenty of experience receiving triumph over others in the power that only God could deliver.
David was a wonderful king who was given the name after the heart of God. After committing infidelity with Bathsheba and murdering Uriah, her husband, he teaches us the way to God’s heart. He expresses his heartfelt sorrow at having sinned against the Lord (Psalm 51).
People have benefited from David’s remorseful heart. David demonstrates the need for the greatest horn of salvation—one with David’s power, victory, and dignity, as well as one with no sin.
Through the Holy Spirit, Christ descended from this Davidic line to become our own horn of salvation. As mentioned in Luke 1:69, “He has raised a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.”
Do Horns Symbolize Anything In The Bible?
The psalmist declares in Psalms 92:10, “You have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.” The “exalted horn” imagery is derived from the depiction of a bull raising its horns upon winning a duel.
The rising of the horn is a popular biblical image of victory (read Psalm 89:24, 112:9), particularly of deliverance from oppression. So when the Lord “exalts the horn” of an individual, he is delivering triumph to the oppressed.
The “horn” is a reminder of our God’s different powerful abilities. God has and will overcome all evil, whether spiritually or physically. He enacted the rules for His people, allowing man to become aware of his wicked nature. He brought down this Son, who, by the conception of a virgin, supplied the perfect sacrifice. This was crucial since no sin was imputed to Him.
While experiencing temptation in every way, like man in the present day, Jesus was sinless for 33 years of his entire life. His ultimate act as a man was to willingly offer himself to death. Through Jesus’ resurrection, He overcame the death of the flesh and made our eternal salvation possible.
Who Is Our Horn Of Salvation?
Christ serves as the horn of salvation in the New Testament (Luke 1:68–69). As a consequence, a title given to Yahweh likewise applies to Jesus; they are frequently referred to as “the horn of salvation,” and the name Jesus indicates “the Lord is salvation.”
Jesus gives us a resilient, victorious, and mighty salvation. Just as the horns provided shelter and reconciliation, Jesus’ death on the cross provides forgiveness and purification. No matter how strong our spiritual enemies are, our horn of salvation is even stronger.
Moreover, Jesus Christ’s “horn of salvation” represents an endless and perpetual rule. His atonement occurs in the salvation of souls and, eventually, will cause the enlightenment and positive change of the body as a whole. Jesus Christ triumphed. Through his crucifixion and resurrection, Christ defeated death itself and the grave.
The lure and existence of sin will be completely erased after the tribulation through the devil’s captivity. We will triumph over sin, the commandments, the flesh’s wickedness, and Satan. We who believe in the Lord Jesus are given the “horn of salvation” in exchange for these triumphs and our anticipation of them.
God has the powerful ability to reign over, defend, and safeguard his followers in today’s chaotic world. When we let His presence into our lives, His divinity leads, instructs, and guides us toward His eternal kingdom.
The horn of salvation also protects us. When Jesus comes to earth for every one of us, we will be unencumbered by evil and wickedness. As the Bible describes Jesus as “the deliverer, shield, refuge, rock, and fortress,” he gives us the complete spiritual power to win our fight against the enemy. Truly, Jesus is our powerful “horn of salvation.”