Isaiah: A New World Promised

Isaiah 61 (ESV)

1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.

Pastoral Notes

Isaiah prophesied in a complicated time. Threats on every side. Destruction from enemies. This is part of the prophecy that would serve as encouragement for the Jews who would be taken into exile years later. The historical setting for the prophetic ministry of Isaiah was the city of Jerusalem during the reign of four kings of Judah (FB). We are now living in the “between” stage. Jesus came and fulfilled many of the prophecies of Isaiah, but many more have yet to be fulfilled. One day—a day promised in Scripture but still unknown— Christians from throughout the Church Age will join God’s faithful servants from the Old Testament era and rejoice together over Jesus Christ’s fully completed mission. It will be a mission carried out in two phases. Jesus first came to earth to live and die and be resurrected in order to provide the means for our redemption. Upon Christ’s return, He will bring about the complete fulfillment of God’s blessing for God’s redeemed people. We continue to hear the Word of the Lord that brings hope and anticipation of what the Lord will do even in a land of dry bones.


Daily Bible Readings

Monday: Reign of David’s Greater Son. 2 Samuel 7:12–17

Tuesday: Messiah Declared. Psalm 2:1–12

Wednesday: Coming of the Son of Man. Daniel 7:9–14

Thursday: The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry. Mark 1

Friday: Prepare for That Day. 2 Peter 3:8–14

Saturday: New Heaven and New Earth. Revelation 21:1–7