Today’s Tasting: Isaiah 59-63
God forgives sin when it is confessed to Him. God promises His Spirit: ‘“My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of our mouth, or out of the mouth of our offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring, says the Lord, ‘from this time forth and forevermore” (Isaiah 59:21 ESV).
All will see Israel’s glory. The Year of the Lord’s Favor is here, declared Isaiah.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit…I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:1-3, 10 ESV).
Israel may now take comfort and know that salvation is near and God will show mercy for His people.
Today’s Nourishment: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because the Lord has anointed me…to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” is the launching point for my Bible Study Book called Express Joy: Whoever, Whenever, Whatever, Wherever.
“The Year of the Lord’s Favor” declared freedom for all slaves and debts. The Spirit of the Lord rested upon and anointed Isaiah to announce freedom for the Israelites held captive in Babylon. Their countenance would reflect their clothing of salvation as stated in verse 10. His Spirit anointed them with the oil of joy, promoting health and peace for every area that pertained to life. Israel would greatly rejoiced in the Lord and lived with joy again.
In Luke 4, Jesus (Salvation) stood before the people announcing that He was the one whom God had sent and the verses from Isaiah 61 were His ministry. Most likely, the crowd knew the words on the scroll from Isaiah 61:10, “For he has clothed me with garments of salvation.” The Hebrew word for salvation is “yesha” related to “Yeshua,” who is Salvation. Salvation (yesha) also means “liberty, deliverance, prosperity, and safety.”
The Jews knew Yeshua means salvation and Chistos means anointed. Now the Jews heard Yeshua Christos announcing, “I am Salvation and I am anointed to set you free spiritually and bring you joy” as He spoke, “’Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing’” (Luke 4:21 ESV).
Freedom is available for you today, my friend. Dress spiritually and clothe yourself, “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14 ESV). Live in His joy and live fully rested as the Spirit of the Lord is upon you!
Tomorrow’s Delight: Isaiah 64-66
Carolyn Marlowe, CCLC
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