Part 1 of 4
Early on in 2019 I sensed a prompting to read Isaiah so all this year I’ve been journaling my way through and it just gets better and better. I usually only do one journal page per chapter, but the revelations in Isaiah 61 are so rich I ended up with 4. I thought these relevant and timely nuggets were too good not to share. This is part 1 of 4 so if you enjoy this there’s more to come.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,3 To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion—to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit—that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3 AMPC
Isaiah 61 explains in detail what redemption is, what it provides for the believer and the results or objective of God in redeeming us through Jesus sacrifice. In the first two verses he declares in detail what the Father has anointed and tasked Jesus to do and all that redemption includes; salvation (sozo), healing, freedom, deliverance, protection and favor. The third verse explains divine exchanges that redemption provides to those who believe and confess Jesus as Lord. He offers death for life, the oil of joy for mourning and a garment of praise for heaviness. This verse also says that those who participate in this divine exchange will become oaks of righteousness planted by the Lord for His glory. A single acorn grows into a large oak tree then produces more acorns that produce more trees which perpetuate an ever-increasing harvest. God’s objective was for righteous men to be fruitful and multiply through the generations populating the earth with righteous oak trees that would cover the earth with an ever-increasing cascade of His glory.
Salvation is more than a prayer we pray it’s a multi-faceted gift of great price. Man pawned himself into slavery and Jesus came and paid the price to redeem man delivering him from the consequences of sin and offering him abundant life (John 10:10) that includes healing, freedom, protection and favor. Not only that, but He crowns him with beauty and gives him the oil of joy and a garment of praise then planting or establishing man as oaks of righteousness that will bring glory to God. Oak trees represent strength, wisdom, honor and nobility. In Christ, we are kings of THE King. We have the mind and wisdom of Christ, the strength and power of the Holy Spirit and the honor and nobility of our Father.
Father, thank you for your faithfulness and heart to continually save and deliver man and restore us back into your family. Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice which reconciles us back to the Father and all the incredible benefits salvation provides. I want all that your cruel death on the cross and resurrection have made possible for me. May your righteousness be multiplied through the fruit of my life. May my biological as well as spiritual children bringing glory to you. In Jesus Name, Amen.