August 14, Reading 2 – Isaiah 61

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SAA Notes

This is what Jesus read from the Bible in the synagogue at Nazareth and said: “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:21 These are great words of what God is doing within history and of the end He is bringing.

SJA Notes

It’s interesting the logic we see here at the beginning of the passage.

“… To proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;”

The day of vengeance seems to be wrapped up in the comfort of those who mourn.

Presumably we can make that assumption. God’s people were exiled for their sin, but we know from His word that God called the peoples who were His instrument in that to account for their own wickedness.

Vengeance is the Lord’s and there is some portion of comfort in that. To cast our cares of anxiety and fear and even anger at injustice upon the Lord.

And look here at the wonderful hope we do have, the bright hope for the one who mourns.

“… The oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;”

And it is wonderful to here clear binary truth from the Lord, about His character, who He is, what He thinks.

“For I the LORD love justice; I hate robbery and wrong;”

You can’t get around that.

* Faithful God,

Thank You that You make with us Your people an everlasting covenant.

Thank You that in Jesus, who fulfilled these words from Isaiah in the hearing of those around Him, that in Him You keep both sides of the covenant (because we cannot).

Thank You that in You we are BLESSED.

Amen.

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