Isaiah 61 - Day 547 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-11
Commentary (melissabeaty.com): God has a plan of salvation. These eleven verses follow the entire process. First, God sends His anointed (Christ). This person preaches to the meek, heals hearts, frees those who are captive in sin, teaches what is acceptable to God, and comforts those who are filled with sorrow. These address the spiritual, mental, and emotional needs of people.
Second, God sends His anointed to change what is dirty into what is beautiful, to turn sorrow into joy, to replace burdens with praise, to rebuild what is desolate, to exalt His people above others, to give people an official office of ministry in His presence, and to give an inheritance for laboring for the Lord despite ridicule. All these point to a social change and result in physical and political changes.
Third, we see the result of the first two actions by God; extreme praise by the believer. Acknowledging that God is the one who is working salvation, the saints become like a beloved bride; showered with gifts of love by God. In this final stage of salvation, all the world be filled with righteousness.
Application: Despite our circumstances, we get to praise God as He fulfills His plan of salvation.
Prayer: Praise God, from whom all blessings flow....
Husband, Father, Pastor....
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