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“May you and I obey the Lord.” <>< Dona (10/12/20)

Please read Isaiah 61 through 63.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Isaiah 61 Theme

The Lord’s Favor.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your good news is to be preached to the humble (v. 1).

Something to think about

The Lord anoints those who are to go forth and bind up the broken hearted; to proclaim liberty to the captives; to release those who are bound and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (v. 1-2a).  One day God will come to both judge and to comfort (v. 2). Under the old covenant God ordained those priests who would stand between Him and His people, Israel (v. 6-7).  One day God will reward His people and punish those who continually harm His people (v. 8-9). 

Something to experience

All of us who humble ourselves before the Lord will be comforted with a garland, the oil of joy, and a garment of praise (v. 3).  Because of the new covenant with God, all Christians are priests of His (v. 6).  We are able to read God’s Word, seek to understand His Word, confess our sins directly to God and minister to others.  We believers are included in the rewarding of God’s people (v. 8-9). For the Lord has clothed those of us who trust in Him with the righteousness of Christ (v. 10-11).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Isaiah 61:1-2 1 The Sovereign Lord’s Spirit is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the humble.  He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to those who are bound, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

Isaiah 61:3 to provide for those who mourn in Zion, to give to them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Isaiah 61:6-7 But you will be called the Lord’s priests.  Men will call you the servants of our God.  You will eat the wealth of the nations.  You will boast in their glory.  Instead of your shame you will have double.  Instead of dishonor, they will rejoice in their portion.  Therefore, in their land they will possess double.  Everlasting joy will be to them.

Isaiah 61:8-9 “For I, the Lord, love justice.  I hate robbery and iniquity.  I will give them their reward in truth and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Their offspring will be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples.  All who see them will acknowledge them,  that they are the offspring which the Lord has blessed.”

Isaiah 61:10-11 10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord!  My soul will be joyful in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation.  He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.  11 For as the earth produces its bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring up, so the Sovereign Lord will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.

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Isaiah 62 Theme

Prayer for God’s people (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You made a proclamation to the whole world (v. 11).

Something to think about

The future of the Jewish people is told (v. 2-5).  The Jewish people will be called ‘The Holy People, the Lord’s Redeemed’ and ‘Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken’ (v. 12).

Something to experience

May we Christians be watchmen on the wall for the Jewish people and pray for true peace for them (v. 6-7). We need to pray for the prosperity of the Jewish people, for our welfare depends on theirs. For more information go to >>> https://www.chosenpeople.com/site/pray-for-the-peace-of-jerusalem/ 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Isaiah 62:1 For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning lamp. 

Isaiah 62:2-5 The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. You will be called by a new name, which the Lord’s mouth will name.  You will also be a crown of beauty in the Lord’s hand, and a royal diadem in your God’s hand.  You will not be called Forsaken any more, nor will your land be called Desolate anymore; but you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the Lord delights in you, and your land will be married.  For as a young man marries a virgin, so your sons will marry you.  As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so your God will rejoice over you. 

Isaiah 62:6-7 I have set watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem.   They will never be silent day nor night.  You who call on the Lord, take no rest, and give Him no rest, until He establishes, and until He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

Isaiah 62:11 Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your salvation comes!  Behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him!’” 

Isaiah 62:12 They will call them “The Holy People, the Lord’s Redeemed”.  You will be called “Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken”.

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Isaiah 63 Theme

Vengeance and Redemption (v. 4).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You destroyed Jerusalem’s enemy, Edom (v. 1-3).

Something to think about

God knows those who will never turn to Him but will continue to attack His people (v. 6). So, He decides when to act and bring salvation to His people (v. 5). Isaiah praised God (v. 7-9).

Something to experience

Though we Christians are God’s people, we like the Israelites, sometimes sin and need to repent and return back to following God.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Isaiah 63:1-3 1 Who is this who comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah?  Who is this who is glorious in his clothing, marching in the greatness of his strength?  “It is I (the Lord) who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.” Why is your clothing red, and your garments like him who treads in the wine vat? “I have trodden the wine press (Edom) alone.  Of the nations, no one was with me.  Yes, I trod them in My anger and trampled them in My wrath.  Their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments, and I have stained all My clothing.

Isaiah 63:4 For the day of vengeance was in My heart, and the year of My redeemed has come.

Isaiah 63:5 I looked, and there was no one to help; and I wondered that there was no one to uphold.  Therefore, My own arm brought salvation to Me.  My own wrath upheld Me.

Isaiah 63:6 I trod down the peoples in My anger and made them drunk in My wrath.  I poured their lifeblood out on the earth.”

Isaiah 63:7-8 7 I will tell of the loving kindnesses of the Lord and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has given to us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has given to them according to His mercies, and according to the multitude of His loving kindnesses.  8For he said, “Surely, they are My people, children who will not deal falsely;” so He became their Savior.

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them. In His love and in His pity He redeemed them.  He bore them, and carried them all the days of old.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will humble ourselves before You (Isaiah 61:3).  Lord, I pray we will read Your Word, seek to understand Your Word, confess our sins directly to You and minister to others.  Lord, I pray we will indeed trust in You (Isaiah 61:10-11). Lord, I pray we Christians will be watchmen on the wall for the Jewish people and pray for true peace for them (Isaiah 62:6-7). I pray we will pray for the prosperity of the Jewish people, for our welfare depends on theirs.  Lord, I pray when we sin, we will quickly turn back to You and repent (Isaiah 63). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I pray for the Jewish people.” <>< Dona