Last night at Beauty for Ashes Becky shared on the topic of purpose. As she shared scriptures from Isaiah 61:1-3, Part of which became famous words spoken by Jesus in Luke 4. Every time I have heard this preached it has been tied to Jesus, but in the context of these scriptures it was not Jesus. My mind went backwards in the scriptures knowing that while we read in chapter and verse that the Bible was not written that way.
“Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
Instead of iron I will bring silver,
Instead of wood, bronze,
And instead of stones, iron.
I will also make your officers peace,
And your magistrates righteousness.
Violence shall no longer be heard in your land,
Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders;
But you shall call your walls Salvation,
And your gates Praise.
“The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory.
Your sun shall no longer go down,
Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
For the Lord will be your everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning shall be ended.
Also your people shall all be righteous;
They shall inherit the land forever,
The branch of My planting,
The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified.
A little one shall become a thousand,
And a small one a strong nation.
I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.”
“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;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
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.”
In looking at versus 61:1-3 in context,the Spirit of the Lord upon us is what empowers us to do anything. His anointing is what we need. Our purpose is to preach, to bind up, to proclaim, to open, to proclaim,to comfort, to appoint, to give and in doing these things we bring glory to the Lord. There is nothing in these scriptures that preclude anyone, regardless of our past, what we have done or what has been done to us.