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Isaiah 61

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 1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound [in slavery to sin];

 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn,1

 3 To give to those who mourn in Zion — beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; so that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.2

 4 And they shall build the old ruins, they shall restore the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.

 5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vine dressers.

 6 But you shall be named the Priests of the LORD; men shall call you the Ministers of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and you shall boast in their riches.

 7 Instead of your shame you shall have double honor; and instead of confusion you shall rejoice in your portion; therefore they shall possess double in their land; everlasting joy will be theirs.

 8 For I the LORD love justice, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

 9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people; all who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD has blessed.

 10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall 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 ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

 11 For as the earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."


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1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound [in slavery to sin]; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, This is what the Lord read in the synagogue, and as he finished, he rolled up the scroll of Isaiah and sat down; and eyes of all those who were in the synagogue were fastened on him because they could hear the Spirit speaking through him; Jesus had just fulfilled the prophecy to begin the ministry that was foretold. Note! His ministry was:

  1. to preach the good news to those who are poor, (those poor in spirit and still controlled by sin),
  2. to heal the broken-hearted, (those who are in sorrow over their sins, whose hearts have been broken by the Spirit of God, showing them their selfishness, their evil, their beastly nature).
  3. to proclaim deliverance to the captives: (those prisoners of sin, who know they are slaves to sin, who cannot control their emotions, who say: "For I didn't do what I intended to do; but what I intended not to do, that I ended up doing. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from the body of this death?")
  4. to open the door of the prison house to those who are bound, (for those who are sitting in the darkness of the prison, bound in slavery to sin, bound in darkness, walking in darkness, stumbling in darkness, guessing in darkness, miserable in darkness).
       From the Word of the Lord within:
  5. to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (the beginning of the Kingdom of Heaven, open to men to enter while still on earth — the end times)
  6. to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God (vengeance against sin, the destruction of sin in those who seek him as their first priority in life).
  7. to comfort those who mourn. (those who mourn because of their lack of purity, lack of holiness, slavery to sin, lack of the Holy Spirit).

There are other verses in Isaiah that speak similarly of bringing the prisoners (captives) out of darkness and out of the prision where they sit in darkness:

2 To give to those who mourn in Zion — beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; so that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. The Lord comes to those who mourn their slavery to sin, who mourn their captivity, who mourn their darkness, whose heart is broken because of the evil they have seen within it, and who are in the prison-house of sin.

God reveals unrighteousness to the spiritual man. The natural man cannot accept the things of God and cannot see the depth of unrighteousness. This is a basic function of the Holy Spirit — to convince the world of sin [unrighteousness]. The typical sect-attending Christian has no concept of sin, limiting it to murder, theft, rape; he is unaware that intolerable sin includes: adultery, pre-marital sex, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, partying... immorality, impurity, greed... evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. From the Word of the Lord within: "Every thought of man is at best a vain hiss." Sin, and all other understandings from God, have to be shown to a man by God, before a man can see sin and unrighteousness. What is to be known of God, is revealed by God within a man's heart. Rom 1:19. A man on earth will not know the depth of his slavery to sin until he goes to him; to wait on himlisten silently, with the humility of a sinner in need of his changing power — grace. Then the Lord will show him how the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the mind. Jer 17:9-10. And if when shown your sin, you regret and mourn them with resolve to change your conduct, the Lord will remove that sin from your heart. Keep listening and obeying his commands in faith, and the soul and heart are cleansed and purified.

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