So lets wrap this little study up today.
Isaiah 61:2 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.
The year of the Lord’s favor refers to a law given to Moses where every fifty years all debts were forgiven, Hebrew slaves were set free and land that had been taken was returned to the owner or his family. Also known as the year of Jubilee. We as believers have entered into a sort of “year of the Lord’s favor” when we accepted Christ. Our debts have been forgiven, we’ve been set free and we no longer belong to the world but have been returned to our rightful master CHRIST! Probably more appropriately called the time of the Lord’s favor because it will last till Christ return’s and then beyond that it gets even better for those who are in Christ.
The day of God’s vengeance is also to be proclaimed. Those who reject Christ will know God’s vengeance, whether they accept it or not they need to be told there is a choice. God’s vengeance is designed for Satan and the fallen angels not for man. He want’s none to perish, but he is Holy and Just so some will perish of their own free will rejecting Christ. Everyone has a choice, live in God’s favor, or suffer God’s vengeance. It is surprising and sad how many will knowingly choose the later.
And then he promises comfort for those who mourn, to give you a crown of beauty instead of ashes. The oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair. I am so thankful that I have God’s comfort in this world. That I have a Joy and a Hope beyond the trials of this life. It is so easy to wear this garment of praise when you understand what God has done. How amazing it is to see people who once wallowed in dejection, hopelessness and despair now walking in victory with a garment of praise covering their life.
We will be called Oaks of Righteousness a planting of the Lord to display his Glory. After God cleans us up, heals our broken hearts, sets us free, comforts our mourning and secures our eternity with him, he uses us to show his splendor and declare his Glory on this earth. What did we do to deserve this? NOTHING!!!! that is why it’s called GRACE. Our one and only contribution to this is belief. Accepting Christ’s gift and resting in God’s grace. And yes of course there’s the whole repenting and changing our behavior and attitudes, but the truth of it is,the Holy Spirit does most of the work there too.
We have such a powerful and glorious Gospel, but to be effective we have to believe it and apply it in our lives. I read of a pastor who was asked one day “If the Gospel is so great why isn’t everyone a christian?” The pastor responded ” If soap is so good, why isn’t everyone clean?” Does the fact that there are dirty people testify against the value of soap? Of course not, it works well, you just have to apply it.
God Bless your day, I hope this study was good and helpful.
GOD is GOOD!!!