The angel Gabriel (Lk 1:19-1:19)

“The angel

Replied.

‘I am Gabriel!

I stand

In the presence

Of God.

I have been sent

To speak to you.

I bring you

This good news.’”

 

καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ ἄγγελος εἶπεν αὐτῷ Ἐγώ εἰμι Γαβριὴλ ὁ παρεστηκὼς ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ, καὶ ἀπεστάλην λαλῆσαι πρὸς σὲ καὶ εὐαγγελίσασθαί σοι ταῦτα·

 

Luke said that this angel pulled rank.  He replied to Zechariah (καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ ἄγγελος εἶπεν αὐτῷ) that he was the Angel Gabriel (Ἐγώ εἰμι Γαβριὴλ), who stood in the presence of God (ὁ παρεστηκὼς ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ), probably around the heavenly throne.  He had been sent to speak to Zechariah (καὶ ἀπεστάλην λαλῆσαι πρὸς σὲ), since he brought him these good tiding, this good news (καὶ εὐαγγελίσασθαί σοι ταῦτα), using the Greek word for gospel εὐαγγελίσασθαί.  Who then was this Angel Gabriel?  He was considered an archangel, or a higher angel than the others, maybe one of the top 7 angels.  He appeared to Daniel, chapters 8 and 9, where he explained the visions to Daniel.  He appeared twice in this gospel of Luke, here to Zechariah and later to Mary, chapter 1:28, both in this infancy narrative.

No delays (Ezek 12:26-12:28)

“The word of Yahweh

Came to me.

‘Son of man!

The house of Israel

Is saying.

‘The vision

That he sees

Is for many years

Ahead.

He prophesies

For distant times.’

Therefore say to them.

‘Thus says Yahweh God!

None of my words

Will be delayed

Any longer.

But the word

That I speak

Will be fulfilled.’

Says Yahweh God.”

Once again, the word of Yahweh came to Ezekiel, the son of man. The house of Israel had this saying that the visions that the prophets saw was for many years in the future. However, Yahweh said that none of his words would be delayed any longer. Whatever Yahweh said, it would be fulfilled right away, no doubt about that.

Another title (Isa 2:1-2:1)

“The word

That Isaiah

son of Amoz

Saw

Concerning Judah.

He saw

What was concerning Jerusalem.”

This title almost repeats what was said at the beginning of chapter 1 about the visions of Isaiah. Thus we have another series of oracles of Isaiah during the next few chapters. This time, the word or the vision is clearly about Judah and Jerusalem since there is no ambiguity. He saw the word in a vision.