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1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

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

3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste 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 vinedressers.

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

7 For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

8 For I the LORD love judgment, 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 that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.

10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth 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.

Commentary for Isaiah 61

The Messiah, his character and office. (1-3) His promises of the future blessedness of the church. (4-9) The church praises God for these mercies. (10,11)1-3 The prophets had the Holy Spirit of God at times, teaching them what to say, and causing them to say it; but Christ had the Spirit always, without measure, to qualify him, as man, for the work to which he was appointed. The poor are commonly best disposed to receive the gospel, #Jas 2:5|; and it is only likely to profit us when received with meekness. To such as are poor in spirit, Christ preached good tidings when he said, Blessed are the meek. Christ's satisfaction is accepted. By the dominion of sin in us, we are bound under the power of Satan; but the Son is ready, by his Spirit, to make us free; and then we shall be free indeed. Sin and Satan were to be destroyed; and Christ triumphed over them on his cross. But the children of men, who stand out against these offers, shall be dealt with as enemies. Christ was to be a Comforter, and so he is; he is sent to comfort all who mourn, and who seek to him, and not to the world, for comfort. He will do all this for his people, that they may abound in the fruits of righteousness, as the branches of God's planting. Neither the mercy of God, the atonement of Christ, nor the gospel of grace, profit the self-sufficient and proud. They must be humbled, and led to know their own character and wants, by the Holy Spirit, that they may see and feel their need of the sinner's Friend and Saviour. His doctrine contains glad tidings indeed to those who are humbled before God.

4-9 Promises are here made to the Jews returned out of captivity, which extend to all those who, through grace, are delivered out of spiritual thraldom. An unholy soul is like a city that is broken down, and has no walls, like a house in ruins; but by the power of Christ's gospel and grace, it is fitted to be a habitation of God, through the Spirit. When, by the grace of God, we attain to holy indifference as to the affairs of this world; when, though our hands are employed about them, our hearts are not entangled with them, but preserved entire for God and his service, then the sons of the alien are our ploughmen and vine-dressers. Those whom He sets at liberty, he sets to work. His service is perfect freedom; it is the greatest honour. All believers are made, to our God, kings and priests; and always ought to conduct themselves as such. Those who have the Lord for their portion, have reason to say, that they have worthy portion, and to rejoice in it. In the fulness of heaven's joys we shall receive more than double for all our services and sufferings. God desires truth, and therefore hates all injustice. Nor will it justify any man's robbery to say, it was for burnt-offerings; and that robbery is most hateful which is under this pretence. Let the children of godly parents be such, that all may see the fruits of a good education; an answer to the prayers for them, in the fruit of God's blessing.

10,11 Those only shall be clothed with the garments of salvation hereafter, that are covered with the robe of Christ's righteousness now, and by the sanctification of the Spirit have God's image renewed upon them. These blessings shall spring forth for ages to come, as the fruits of the earth. So duly, so constantly, and with such advantage to mankind, will the Lord God cause righteousness and praise to spring forth. They shall spread far; the great salvation shall be published and proclaimed, to the ends of the earth. Let us be earnest in prayer, that the Lord God may cause that righteousness to spring forth among us, which constitutes the excellence and glory of the Christian profession.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 61

  • Dorothy M. Fitzgerald
    This is a great / awesome chapter. this chapter is very personal to me, because being a part of the body of Christ, it confirms to me that their is a time when God will set his church back in position and the work of the church will go forth . The work that I speak of is mentioned in verse 1 thru 3. Verses 4 thru 7 lets you know that there is a reward for suffering in the holy Place in God .
  • Dennis Hauze
    Symbolism and metaphor abounds in Isaiah 61. What then is the spiritual meaning of the "oil of joy" reference in verse 3, and why that metaphor?
  • Larry Newman
    The people and the meek have inherited the earth, the sheep are confused, the goats have gone away, the pure at heart have seen their God and have come with Him to judge the nations and heal their land...
  • A disciple
    Dear Bro. Alex; I really appreciate your friendly reply! I'm glad you say you will think about what I wrote; and for what the warning implies, let us all watch! I have always wondered at the significance and teaching in Christ's transfiguration: a glimpse into the realm of God and eternity; and if Jesus didn't come to die for us, He could have stepped right out of this world like Enoch and Elijah.
  • Alex
    Rev 1/5 says unto him that has loved us and has washed us from our sins in his own blood and he was CLOTHED with a VESTURE dipped in blood which is HIS CHURCH/BRIDE, HIS VESTURE THO YOUR SINS BE AS SCARLET THEY SHALL BE WHITE AS SNOW, THATS US SINNERS HIS CHURCH WHEN THEY SAW HIM HI ON THE MOUNT HIS VESTURE WAS WHITE AS SNOW, HE WAS PRESENTING TO GOD A GLORIOUS CHURCH WITHOUT SPOT R WRINKLE. TYJ
  • Alex
    Thank you My Bro. Disciple GBU YOU AND YOURS, I LOVE YA. I will keep everything you said in mind BUT I CANNOT HELP FROM BEING EXCITED ABOUT THESE TRANSFIGURATION SCRIPTURES IMO WHEN HE WENT HIGH ON THE MOUNTAIN AND HIS RAIMENT BECAME white as SNOW HE WAS PRESENTING TO GOD A GLORIOUS CHURCH WITHOUT SPOT OR WRINKLE, TH CHURCH IS HIS RAIMENT, I WAS NAKED AND YOU CLOTHED ME,ABIDE IN ME AND I IN YOU.
  • A disciple
    Dear Alex; It seems like you are you like or admire it a lot, and are much distracted by symbolism; real or imagined; and come dangerously close to a kind of mysticism. For although the Scriptures you reference have certain strong meaning in the direction you perceive, it is not, in my opinion, wise to let them consume us so that we avoid and neglect the completeness of the Doctrine of God.
  • Alex
    Imo this Isa. 61/10 answers to the Transfiguration scriptures he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood which is the church, This shows that christ and his vesture are gonna be made 1 his vesture is the church, th bride. Isaiah says the bridegroom is clothed with the bride and the bride is clothed with the bridegroom, Abide in me and i in you, A marriage on the 7 th day in th mount of GOD GBU

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