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Living Life

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  • May 2018
2018. 5. 12 | The Year of His Favor (Isaiah 61:1~11)         Speakers Dave Paek

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
5 Aliens will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
6 And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.
7 Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.
8 "For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed."
10 I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.

 

 

Reflection

The Prophesied Messiah (61:1–3)

In this passage, Isaiah prophesies about the coming Messiah. This servant of God will be anointed with the Spirit of the Sovereign LORD. He will bring healing to the brokenhearted, set the captives and the prisoners free, and declare the salvation and judgment of God. As He comforts those who mourn, He will turn their weeping to joy and their despair to praise. Centuries later, this prophecy was fulfilled through Jesus Christ, who proclaimed the good news of the Gospel to the world. Though some people do not recognize Him, we know that Jesus is the true Messiah, and we can rejoice that He has come to save the world and set us free from our sins.

 

In what ways has Jesus brought healing and freedom into your life? Take time to thank and praise Him today.

 

A Robe of Righteousness (61:4–11)

Isaiah continues his prophecy and focuses on the restoration of God’s people. They will rebuild their cities, and they will serve God and be His priests once again. They will feed on the wealth of the nations around them, and they will boast in their riches. The LORD will bring about His justice and establish an everlasting covenant with His people, and they will have everlasting joy. This is the ultimate good news: everlasting joy is ours through the work of Jesus Christ. Because of what Jesus has done for us, we receive garments of salvation and a robe of His righteousness. Though we did nothing to earn or deserve it, He gives it to us freely, out of His faithfulness and grace.

 

How often do you reflect on the salvation and righteousness that is yours through Christ? Who can you share this message of salvation with today?

 

A letter to God 

Dear Lord, thank you for setting me free from my sins and saving me. Embolden me to share the Gospel with others so that they will also be clothed in Your salvation and righteousness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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