Second part of Isaiah 61 is coming now.

Following is an excerpt from Dr. Oliver ' s newsletter

"When Jesus began His ministry, He quoted the following passages from Isaiah 61 and He did so inside the Temple. He established spiritual Israel and the spiritual Temple at that time. He reiterated the fact when He spoke to the woman at the well, "neither will you worship in this mountain nor in Jerusalem..."
When Jesus quoted what is recorded in Luke 4:18ff, He stopped short of the complete passage. "The day of vengeance" had not come, and He was not at liberty to announce it.
Isaiah 61:1-3
'The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified."

Luke 4:18-19
18 "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD."
Isaiah 61: 3 is oft quoted. The rejection of the Church and its message has brought Inquisitions, periods of dark oppression, death, hunger and family separation, but in "the day of the Lord," those trials are forever gone.
Isaiah 61:6-7 TLB
You shall be called priests of the Lord, ministers of our God. You shall be fed with the treasures of the nations and shall glory in their riches. 7 Instead of shame and dishonor, you shall have a double portion of prosperity and everlasting joy.
Double Grace is upon the glorious church (Grace: the enabler, helper to be what God called one to be, the great provider for the task He has called you to do, the great covering for the anointing flowing out of your life, the great eraser of all your sin and shame).

Paul declared the church to be comprised of priests and kings administering grace through the New Covenant. Isaiah saw the day and prophesied it so to be!
Isaiah 61:8
I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering and make an everlasting covenant with them.

Even so come Lord Jesus!
Maranatha! Amen!


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