This is my verse-by-verse dissection of Isaiah 61,directed by the Lord, and all the beauty, blessings, and benefits of doing what God wants. In becoming an oak of righteousness. The opening installment to the Mighty Oak series, to wet your whistle on the power of God.
They will be called OAKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Starts with Jesus
V. 2 “…to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God”
-The year of double blessing and the ever nearing day of Judgment
V. 2-3a “to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion”
-That is us, here and now.
V. 10a “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God.”
-He started it and we choose to participate or not to
Here’s what we were
V. 3b “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.”
-We once had ashes in mourning and walked around in a spirit of despair – even if we didn’t know it
-But praise God that we renews us and gives us a crown of beauty, the oil of gladness, and a garment of praise
What we will be
V. 3c “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
-These that were mourning that he changed, he will plant. Not for their splendor but for God’s. His glory. To display that transformation that He began and finished in us
V. 6a “You will be called priests of the Lord, and you will be named ministers of our God.”
-We will be priests of the Lord. Set apart to know his law, his teachings
-Named ministers of our God. Bring Him praises. “He will inhabit the praises of his people” Psalm 22:3 KJV
V. 6b “You will feed on the wealth of the nations, and in their riches you will boast.”
What we will do
V. 4a “They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated”
-Ancient ruins – places long forgotten and abandoned. Places that have given up hope
-We will rebuild them (means we have work to do)
Places long devastated
-Devastated: to bring to ruin or desolation by violent action
-To reduce to chaos, disorder or helplessness
-Restore these places – not just make it function again but make it so that it works and lives better than before.
V. 4b “They will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations”
-These same places that we will be rebuilding, restoring, and now renewing have been this way not for just a few years but generations!
-Forgotten from parent to child multiple times over
-So desolated that no one thought of them and so small that no one thought enough of them to fix them. They were not worth it or it was too hard.
-To rebuild, restore, and renew. All for God’s glory and splendor.
What God will bestow upon us
V 3: crowns of beauty, oil of gladness, and a garment of praise
V. 7a “instead of their shame my people will receive a DOUBLE PORTION, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance”
V. 7b “So they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs”
-Everlasting joy WILL be ours – there is no question. We have everlasting joy simply waiting for us
V. 9 “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.”
-We aren’t alone in our blessing, our inheritance. Our children – descendants, offspring – will be known among the nations and among the people.
-We will be priests of the Lord and ministers of our God
Who the Lord is v.8
-He loves justice
-He hates robbery
-He hates iniquity
-In HIS faithfulness, he will reward us – double portion of praise, inheritance, double portion in our land, and everlasting joy is already ours but on top of all that he will also reward us
-He will “make an everlasting covenant with them” – our everlasting covenant was established through Jesus.
How he will see us
V. 10b “For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness”
-We already have a crown of beauty and a garment of praise, now he is adding more garments of salvation and a robe of righteousness
V. 10c “As a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
-Men – pick out your best hat
-Women – the best jewelry you have, all of it
-God has clothed us in new clothes and new accessories
V. 11 “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.”
-Garden implies care – the soil will do the work all by itself but in a garden it can grow. Under God’s care we will have praise and righteousness but to have it grow into an oak of righteousness, it takes time and God’s supervision. His expert gardening skills
I hope you have enjoyed this. I certainly did! God has great promises for us all – we need only accept them from Him and obey what he has asked of us. As one the attendees in the class said “I like how the blessings come after having done our part” There is no question of IF he will bless us, only when. Continue to do the Lord’s work, do not weary in well doing.
Be blessed by the Almighty God!