So happy to have you join me as I continue meditations on Isaiah 61:3-7
This is part 3 of 4
Healing for the Nations
Part 3 of 4
So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. 4 Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up the former devastations; And they will repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.6 But you will be called the priests of the Lord; You will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, And in their riches you will boast. 7 Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Isaiah 61:3c-7 NASB
Those who have been redeemed, saved and delivered are planted as oaks of righteousness for the glory of the Lord. They are the Lord’s redeemed who have reaped the all the benefits of salvation outlined in Isaiah 61:1-3. They are priests and ministers of God mediating between God and man. They partner with God to see His Kingdom come and His will done on earth as it is in heaven. They rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the living stones reconciling them to God, edifying those stones into healthy families which revive cities and ultimately reform nations. The Lord provides for the priest through the offering of those they serve. 1 Timothy 5:17 tells us that those who are faithful to do the work of the ministry deserve double honor including adequate financial support. Jesus redemption has brought them from a place of shame and humiliation to a place of rejoicing for all He has done in and through them. As He promised He will give them the nations as a spiritual inheritance. … and your offspring will possess the nations and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. Isaiah 54:3 AMPC
But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. 3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither,and they prosper in all they do. Psalms 1:2,3 When we abide in Christ who is the Word we will be His disciples (John 8:31) and we become like trees bearing fruit for each season. Revelations 22:2 and Ezekiel 47:12 tells us that the fruit of the trees planted by the river of God are for food and the leaves are for the healing of the nations. The word for “nations” in Revelations 22:2 in Strong’s Concordance is described as household and the word for “healing” is Strongs #2323 and refers to domestic healing or healing of a household. Nations are comprised cities which are made of generations of families. The life of Christ in us restores us and anoints us to bring the Bread and Water of Life to starving broken individuals, families, cities and nations of people bound and held captive in darkness. The vegetation or leaves that grow from our intimacy and abiding in Christ the Tree of Life grow powerful fruit leaves that allow our lives to be conduits for reviving and healing to the individuals, families, cities and ultimately nations.
Father thank you for making me an oak of righteousness and allowing me to bring glory to you through my life. As I abide in the Vine I allowing my roots to go deep in Your Word, being transformed by your Presence having my spirit to be nourished and refreshed by your Living Water allow my life to bear fruit to feed those who are hungry and leaves that will bring wholeness and healing in spirit, soul and body to the nations. In Jesus Name, Amen.