1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
Jesus Christ fulfilled Isaiah 61
18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." 20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21 and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
1. ENLIGHTENMENT- PREACH THE GOOD NEWS
2.ENCOURAGEMENT - BIND UP THE BROKEN HEARTED
3.ESCAPE - SET THE CAPTIVES FREE Isaiah 61;1
4.EXCHANGE - BEAUTY FOR ASHES - OIL OF JOY FOR MOURNING - A GARMENT OF PRAISE FOR THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS Isaiah 61;3
Beauty for ashes
The Bible says that he will give us beauty for ashes. In Bible times it was the custom for the people of that day to in great times of mourning and difficulty lay in ashes. Just think about that. You've got a problem in your life and you just sit down in a pile of ashes. There is nothing beautiful about ashes.
But the scripture says he is going to take your difficult, disgusting, depressing and horrible situation and give you beauty. He is going to pick you up out of the ash pile of life and make something beautiful out of you.
The Hebrew word for ashes is epher and the Hebrew word for beauty is pheer. Just move the e and you have a new word. And just as quickly as it takes for you to move one letter, God is going to turn your sorrow into joy. He speaks and it is already done.
Bill Gaither wrote the song that says:
Something beautiful something good
All my confusion Jesus understood
All I have to offer him is brokenness and strife
But he made something beautiful out of my life.
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:
Oil of Joy for mourning.
Oil was used to apply to the face to make the face shine, instead of mourning which disfigures the face and the countenance and makes it unlovely. When in mourning no oil would be applied to the face.
The oil of joy is the Holy Spirit.
Like a well of living water
Joy unspeakable and full of glory
Even in hard times - JOY
The garment of praise for the spirit of despair.
The garment is our salvation, our righteousness.
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