IN DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: CUTTING OFF THE HORNS OF THE WICKED AND EXALTING THE HORNS OF THE RIGHTEOUS
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”
A horn is a protuding part of an animal used as a weapon of attack. In the bible horn means power, glory, strength, royal authority, enabling power, honor, dignity, and dominion. Therefore to have one’s horn exalted denotes prosperity, triumph, and victory.
“But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.”
God always rewards those that fear Him and exalts them with strength and dignity. When we first read about Hannah in the bible she was a woman who had been belittled in sorrow but God granted her request. MAY GOD GRANT YOUR PETITION! In her song of praise Hannah used “horn” as a metaphor for victory. Before Hannah got victory over her adversary (Peninah) she was in sorrow and bitterness with no children. She was like a destitute though married! MAY GOD GIVE YOU VICTORY OVER YOUR ADVERSARIES!
Horn is the spiritual representation of glory. By satanic manipulation it can be used to scatter people’s destinies.
Satanic horns take peace out of people’s lives, marriages, homes, businesses, etc. Jerusalem had no peace because of the four horns mentioned in Zechariah 1:18.
But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
The horn of the righteous shall be exalted above that of his enemies.
Beloved, righteousness simply means faith in what Jesus Christ did at the cross for you!
As a believer and
As a child of God you can rub shoulders with ANYBODY in the world because Christ lives in you.
OUR ADVERSARIES SHALL BE BROKEN TO PIECES: Victory will become our portion!
“The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
THERE SHALL BE JOY INSTEAD OF SORROW:
“And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.”
“I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:
Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.
For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
We sing because with the Lord always means victory. In our passage today, the Lord will cut off the horns of the wicked ones!
Only, once the horns are destroyed, they never raise their heads again. God destroys his enemies, so that his kingdom alone stands, and so that his people alone dwell with him in peace.
One of those ways is that God said he was “exceedingly angry with the nations that are at ease” (Zech 1:15). But we weren’t yet told what God was planning to do with the nations. Would he get them out of the way? Would he fight for his oppressed people? Would he really judge them? These questions get answered in Zechariah’s second vision.
“And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, four horns! And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these?” And he said to me, “These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.”
Then the LORD showed me four craftsmen.
And I said, “What are these coming to do?” He said, “These are the horns that scattered Judah, so that no one raised his head. And these have come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations who lifted up their horns against the land of Judah to scatter it.”
THE HORNS AS ENCIRCLING NATIONS OPPRESSING GOD’S PEOPLE
Now, over the centuries Christians have attempted to name the four specific horn-nations that Zechariah has in mind. Some begin with Assyria, since Assyria was the first to take out the northern kingdom of Israel in 722 BC. Then they move on to Babylon, since they were next in line to finish off Judah and Jerusalem in 586 BC. And then on from there they name the Persians, still ruling in Zechariah’s day, and lastly—usually by prophetic prediction—Greece (e.g., Zech 9:13) or some other future power.
Four horns meet four craftsmen
First off, see that there are four of these craftsmen. The four horn-nations have met their match in the four craftsmen. But we can hardly say it’s an equal match, because the craftsmen terrify the horns. They have the ability to cast down the horns. The problem of these oppressive nations is great, but it’s not insurmountable. God has a plan with these craftsmen. They’re suited for the task.
“Impudence before God is madness. The out-stretched neck of insolent pride is sure to provoke his axe. Those who carry their heads high shall find that they will be lifted yet higher, as Haman was upon the gallows which he had prepared for the righteous man.” (Spurgeon)
“All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off,
But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”
“All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off: The symbol of the horn was used earlier in this psalm (verses 4-5) in the familiar sense as an expression of strength and domination (as with ox or cattle). This psalm ends with another word from God’s own perspective, vowing to put down the proud and wicked one (as earlier in verse 7).
The horns of the wicked: “Their honour and power, which they made an instrument of mischief to oppress good men. A metaphor from horned and mischievous beasts.”
The horns of the righteous shall be exalted: God’s work of judgment is not only against the proud and wicked; it is also for the righteous. As surely as He will cut off the arrogant pride of the wicked, He will also exalt the strength of the righteous.
“All their power and influence, will I cut off; and will exalt and extend the power of the righteous.”
All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off. Power and liberty being restored to Israel, she begins again to execute justice, by abasing the godless who had gloried in the reign of oppression. Their power and pomp are to be smitten down. Men wore horns in those days as a part of their state, and these, both literally and figuratively, were to be lopped off; fir since God abhors the proud, his church will not tolerate them any longer. But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted. In a rightly ordered society, good men are counted great men, virtue confers true rank, and grace is more esteemed than gold. Being saved from unrighteous domination, the chief among the chosen people here promises to rectify the errors which had crept into the commonwealth, and after the example of the Lord himself, to abase the haughty and elevate the humble. This memorable ode may be sung in times of great depression, when prayer has performed her errand at the mercyseat, and when faith is watching for speedy deliverance. It is a song of the second advent, CONCERNING THE NEARNESS OF THE JUDGE WITH THE CUP OF WRATH.
NOTE: If you are not yet born again God cannot exalt your horn. If you want your name to be written in that precious Book of Life and you desire to cross over from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God’s dear son (Jesus Christ) say this prayer: Lord Jesus, I confess my sins, I believe you died for my sins and rose again on the third day, come into my life and make me whole!
Every horn of the enemy lifted up against me I CUT THEM OFF!!! [see 1 Sam. 2:1]. Father, judge all my adversaries! Break them to pieces! Let my mouth be enlarged above them! Father thunder against them! My father, exalt my horn over that of my enemies! Let me triumph! Give me victory! Remove every reproach from my life!
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