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Spirit of the Lord

God will direct us through the Spirit. Non-Hebrews will be living in Israel after Christ has returned to the earth.

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Isaiah 61

1. “God’s anointing of a person is often connected to the reception of the Spirit (1 Samuel 10:1, 9-10; 61:13; 2 Samuel 23:1-2; 1 Kings 19:16), but the key factor to be noted is that it is God who empowers and directs this person through the Spirit.” (Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. [Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009], 633)

“Jesus quoted from this passage when He spoke in the synagogue in Nazareth, and He applied this Scripture to Himself (Luke 4:16-21).” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002], 67)

2. “Now the one speaking declares that the ‘favorable year of the Lord’ and the ‘day of vengeance’ of our God has arrived.” (Smith, 635)

3. “Mourning, which was so often a part of the nation’s history, will end and praise will begin.” (Smith, 636)

All negative things will be replaced with positive things.

“Those who receive God’s good news, freedom, comfort, and experience this transformation will have many reasons to loudly praise and glorify God’s name.” (Smith, 636)

God’s Blessings

4. This “paragraph (61:4-7) no longer refers to the purposes or goals of the ‘Anointed One’; instead, it focuses on how God will bless the city and all the people in it.” (Smith, 636)

5. Some non-Hebrews “will assist the Hebrews by shepherding their sheep, plowing their fields, and dressing their vineyards. (Smith 637)

6. In Exodus 19:6 God said of Israel, ‘And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.’” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 336)

7. “In other words, everlasting joy shall be Israel’s portion. It will be fullness of joy!” (McGee, 337)

8. “The ‘everlasting covenant’ of Isaiah 61:8 is described in Jeremiah 31:31-37 and includes the blessing of the New Covenant that Jesus Christ Instituted by His death (Hebrews 10:1-18; Matthew 26:28). (Wiersbe, 68)

9. This verse “speaks of the Jews’ ‘descendants.’” (Wiersbe, 68)

“The focus of this verse is primarily on the nations’ new ability to identify God’s people as a very blessed people.” (Smith, 642)

10. “Isaiah is speaking on behalf of the remnant who are praising God for all He has done.” (Wiersbe, 68)

“God’s children “will greatly rejoice in the Lord. The problem in our day is that a great many Christians can’t rejoice in the Lord because they are out of fellowship. They have sin in their lives. They are way out of the will of God, and they are going on in their self-will.” (McGee, 337)

11. “Not only will there be material benefits and physical improvement, but the true blessings will be spiritual in that day.” (McGee, 337)


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In this article Scripture quotations taken from KJV.

McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002

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