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Luke 1:11 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

11. Angel of the Lord See note on Mat 1:20. The appearance of this angel is the opening of the miraculous dispensation of grace.

On the right side of the altar Zacharias at the proper signal ascending the steps behind the Great Altar, passes through the Porch, and walking the gilded floor, (for ceiling, walls, and probably floor, were sheeted with a complete overlay of gold,) approaches the altar upon which the censer has been placed. In this sanctuary no glare of day ever penetrates; but from the golden chandelier, with its seven branches crowned with lamps, pours a blaze of golden light over the golden altar and table, filling the golden room with richest splendour. The column of incense rises to soften the light and fill the air with fragrance. In this scene of dim magnificence a more than mortal form presents itself to the eye of Zacharias. Between the candlestick (8) and the Golden Altar (7) stands the angel Gabriel on the right side of the altar, (not on Zacharias’s right hand,) and, therefore, on the south side of the altar and on the right side of God, whose Shekinah, or Presence, once dwelt between the cherubim in the Most Holy, or Holy of Holies. This is the post of divine honour suitable to the being who announces that the age of Christ has approached, and that his harbinger is now to be born.

Though the system of miraculous revelation ceased with the closing canon, yet, if we may believe the Jewish historians, there were exceptional manifestations made in the Holy of Holies, or in the Holy Place, at this same Altar of Incense, to former priests. Ezra, the inspired Scribe, upon the return from the Captivity, established the Great Synagogue, consisting of one hundred and twenty grave and holy men, among whose presidents are enumerated Haggai, Zechariah, and Zerubbabel, which lasted one hundred and twenty years, terminating with the close of the presidency of the renowned Simon the Just, who died about 320 years before Christ. This was specially the age of the Soferim or Scribes. Simon the Just, it is related, filled the High Priesthood forty-nine years; and in the last year he said, “I shall die this year; for every year that I have entered the Holy of Holies there has been an Ancient One, זקז אהד , clothed in white, and veiled in white, that entered and came out with me; this year he entered but came not out.” Josephus narrates of the High Priest Hyrcanus, that upon the day that his sons fought at Cyzicenus, he was offering incense in the temple alone, and he heard a voice declaring that they had just conquered Antiochus; and this, going forward from the temple, he announced to the people in front. The annunciation was verified by the result.

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Luke 1:11 - The Greek Testament

Luke 1:11 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:11 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:11 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 1:11 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 1:11 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:11 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 1:11 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 1:11 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:11 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:11 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 1:11 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 1:11 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 1:11 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 1:11 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 1:11 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 1:11 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 1:11 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 1:11 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 1:11 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 1:11 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 1:11 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 1:11 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 1:11 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 1:11 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:11 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:11 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 1:11 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:11 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments