Tuesday, March 12

Setting the Captives Free

Here is a bit of scripture that has been on my heart and on my mind for a while now. It keeps coming up in certain movies that I watch or at church where it is quoted a lot of the time. I really enjoy this piece of scripture because it reminds me of what God is doing and what Jesus has accomplished. It holds promise that we will be set free from all chains and prisons that hold us. That we can prosper and be like oaks, strong with tough roots, and help plant seeds in our generation right now so that we will multiply and prosper.

Isaiah 61

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me
Because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim 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,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for all those who grieve in Zion--
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
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 splendour.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that they have been devastated for generations.
Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
And you will be called priests of the Lord,
you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.
Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land
and everlasting joy will be yours.
For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge 
that they are a people the Lord has blessed.

I delight greatly in the Lord;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of His righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the soil makes the sprout come up 
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness
and praise spring up before all nations.

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