Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Year of the LORD's Favor

God laid Isaiah 61 before me on the trip from Santa Cruz to San Ignacio on Day 2.  This chapter is refered to as "The Year of the LORD's Favor."  I found it to be an amazing passage of Scripture when I read it that day.  Yet, it has become so much more meaningful as we encountered both the physical and spiritual:

  • Poor,
  • Prisoners,
  • Mourners,
  • Places of devastations, and
  • Gardens of abundant fruit
as well as God's oaks of righteousness and their offspring while serving.  I pray this post may be an encouragement to all who read it, and perhaps especially the GO Bolivia 2012 team for which God's words here will ring out loud and clear. 

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,

because the LORD has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor...

...he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound...

 proclaim the year of the LORD's favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion --
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit...

...that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations...






...Their offspring shall be known among the nations,
and their descendents in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
that they are an offspring the LORD has blessed...

...For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up before all the nations."  Isaiah 61:1-4, 9, 11


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