The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me; because Jehovah hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 to proclaim the year of Jehovah’s favor, 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 a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah, that he may be glorified.
This well known passage, once read aloud after Jesus Himself picked it out, raised the eyebrows and ire of those who heard it. Little did they realize WHO was reading it, let alone how it became reality before their very eyes.
Let US, not make the same mistake.
The passage speaks of “The Spirit of the Lord YHWH” being on Jesus. This was the same Spirit that drove Him into the wilderness but perhaps that experience gave Him “the anointing” to bring good news to the afflicted,” an anointing, thanks to Pentecost, that WE too have, according to I John 2:27.
Interestingly, the word “afflicted” here can be rendered “humble.” There’s a sermon itself.
The passage says “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted.” I get the picture of stitches. An open wound needs “closing” to HEAL. How many broken hearts today need binding. Are WE doing any binding?
Jesus was to “proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.” How many of these “captives” and “prisoners” didn’t even realize they NEEDED to be liberated. True then. True today.
“To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord” – Oh how we should value a year of God’s favor.
“And the day of vengeance of our God.” We don’t want to hear about that! Today’s society and even today’s church does not want a God of vengeance but Nahum 1 SCREAMS that truth and THAT day IS coming and, in some respects, has begun.
“To comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion,” Has there ever been a shortage of those who mourn….anywhere?
There is sorrow the world over but Jesus “Gives a garland instead of ashes, the oil of GLADNESS instead of mourning, the mantle of PRAISE instead of a spirit of fainting.”
Do WE use that anointing to bring that to ourselves and the lives of others?
What an exchange rate!!! Count me in.
Let’s take that message to others that we all might become “oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that HE may be glorified,” that others “see OUR good works and glorify our FATHER in Heaven.”