6/15/15

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Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison tothem that are bound;

Isa 61:2  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

Isa 61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Isa 61:4  And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

Isa 61:5  And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.

Isa 61:6  But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

Isa 61:7  For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

 

What I see in it is that due to our old man and its tendencies to err from “the Way” people have been led into a captivity state, a snare if you will. There are those who become comfortable in this state just as the Israelites in Babylonian captivity. But there were those who were unhappy with this state of being- like their spirit was groaning; here is how TAS put it:

The setting there was the ending of the captivity of the Lord’s people in Babylon. For seventy long, weary years, they had been in exile… because, because of their sin. After long pleadings, and entreaties, and warnings, and beseechings, they still went their way.

The prophet said: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way”. Because of their persistence in that “own way”, not the way of the Lord, at last the threatened judgement had fallen on them; they had been carried away into exile, into bondage. And there, according to the prescribed time, they languished for seventy years. And, whatever may have been true of some who may have settled down and sought to make the best of the situation, or even to have a good time with all that Babylon could offer, there were those who never did so. There was a considerable body of those exiles who longed for home, “This is not home; we are in a foreign country. This is not the place to which we belong. Yes, you may say that we are romancing about ‘home’, that it is not all that we, in exile imagine it to be, nevertheless, it’s home! And we are away from home; this is not our life.” A little glimpse into how they felt is given us in such words as these: “We hung our harps upon the willows, and said, ‘How can we sing the songs of Zion in a strange land?'” No song, no song in a strange land. A people in bondage; a people in weakness. A people deprived and stripped of everything that was really theirs by the will of God; bruised in spirit, imprisoned in body, blinded by frustration and disappointment, with an eternal longing in their hearts: “Oh, to get back home!”

Rom 8:23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Rom 8:24  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

Rom 8:25  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Sounds familiar to me. That unhappiness with ourselves in their natural states. But feeling unbeknownst as of what to do about this miserable condition at times. Waiting for the redemption?! How to change? And so often we find ourselves striving so hard, like Cain and his descendants, to make our cursed life work for us- to make the best out of this old creation… so we whiten the walls on the outside and strive to be “better Christians” when we are missing the point completely. We walk right over Christ and stumble at His Way- because we are not seeing it. Jesus said:

Luk 4:17  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

Luk 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel  (good tidings) to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Luk 4:19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Luk 4:20  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

Luk 4:21  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

He fulfilled that prophecy! (Interesting note to remember: IT WAS ON A SABBATH) It is in HIM- in this WAY we are speaking of so much- that IT IS FULFILLED. It doesn’t have to be, it isn’t going to be. IT IS- on that day it was (His very words!) We just have to get IN that WAY. HE IS IN THE WAY! And in HIM it IS FULFILLED. He is also referred to as the good tidings here when he was born:

Luk 2:10  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Luk 2:11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

TAS:

And can you imagine what those captives felt like? As with that morning they heard the cry: “The day of your release has come – the day when you can go home! You can have all that for which your heart has longed these many years – you can go! You are free!” That’s the first background that Jesus takes up, and says: “Yes, but My good news is even better than that! This world is like that – you men and women are like that; you are exiles from your heavenly home, far from your heavenly home, far from the Father’s house. You are in bondage and captivity. The god of this age hath blinded your eyes. You’re in a pitiable plight, more pitiable even than those exiles in Babylon. But listen! I have come with good news! I have come with good news! This is the year of the Lord’s release; this is the year of grace!” That’s the gospel that He was anointed to preach.

And what is this year of grace referred to?

the Year of Jubilee. Once every fifty years in the life of Israel, a great festival took place, and it lasted for a whole year. During the fifty years, many a tragedy had been enacted, many a dark shadow had come in to spoil and blight the lives of the people.

 

The year of Jubilee was a release– A release from what was holding them captive (debts, etc.) They even received lost sons, daughters… all debts canceled, all slaves released.

And just so those who had came so low so that they might be brought up would not get despaired when they looked at their past ways, we are reminded…

 

He came for the poor! The captive! That shows His grace!  This is how is purpose is brought about in us-His purpose to glorify His Son Jesus Christ. That is how He glorifies Christ: in this Way- the way of His dealings with us. If we were perfect why would we need someone to perfect us?

“You’ll never know the grace of God if you have any kind of spirit or mentality like that – you’ve got to be like a poor widow, a poor widow who is regarded as an outsider – and you will know grace then…those who are aware of their need, really conscious that if they are going to get anything at all, it will have to be the grace of God!…if you are such as the widow of Zarephath or Naaman the Syrian, who is led and governed by this sense of poverty and sinfulness, you’re the candidate for the gospel, the good news of the grace of God. “

 

It speaks also of how often grace is rejected because it is miss understood, like we talk of those missing the Way. Even after Jesus spoke those words that he fulfilled the prophecy the first thing those that were out of the Way (and were self-righteous not in NEED of HIM) sought to do was cast him over a cliff (JUST GET RID OF HIM)… So he leaves THEM and goes to cleanse LEPERS and DEMON-POSSESSED- those who so SEE their NEED for HIM- that HE could be their ALL.

TAS:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings to?” Those who need grace – that’s what it amounts to! To those who need it? Ah, no, those who know they need it! Their only hope is the grace of God!

“The year of grace”. “The year of release”. “The year of Jubilee”!

The bible says:

Luk 5:30  But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?

Luk 5:31  And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

Luk 5:32  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

That word repentance means to reconsider, change one’s mind, to think differently or to be reformedaccording to Strongs. Which is soooo what you have been saying! He has to change our MINDS, our THOUGHTS- like we pray about the Sabbath: “not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words.” The next thing he mentions in Luke 5 is you cant put new wine in old wine skins. He has to DO AWAY with this OLD way of thinking and our OLD selves and make something completely NEW so HEmay FILL IT!!

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Rev 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

We are that NEW Jerusalem! We are the Bride adorned for her Husband!

We are the NEW tabernacle of God (the Word says so!). He will dwell in US!

Just a side note: did you ever realize how all God wanted in the old covenant was a people to be HIS people and Him to be their God (i.e. Jer_30:22  And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.) Did you know Christ fulfills that?! His very name is Emmanuel (GOD WITH US). He says abide in me and I will be in you.

This is what God is doing in us! I know it! He is making something completely NEW! Something that dwells in Him and He dwells in- all made available thru this WAY- CHRIST. He chooses us who are nothing in ourselves and shows us our ugliness so we see our need. And then He fulfills all that we are not! That is the beauty of G.R.A.C.E, or as Chuck Missler would sayGods Riches At Christ’s Expense. He says mercy is not giving you what you deserve; grace on the other hand is giving you what you do not deserve.

And the end of getting this, which I know we will, of getting IN THE WAY: THE WAY THAT HE IS IN, is a Jubilee. And He does it in MOUNT Zion:

Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison tothem that are bound;

Isa 61:2  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

Isa 61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Isa 61:4  And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

Isa 61:5  And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.

Isa 61:6  But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

Isa 61:7  For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

 

The remnant that came out of Babylon and out of captivity went to the old temple site to rebuild the walls. Do you know where this was? MOUNT ZION. Just FYI 😉

And one of the men leading them was named Jeshua (Ezra 3)

Just read some about Mount Zion and you can see how God IS getting us to the mountains, both spiritually and literally:

 

Psa 48:1  A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God,in the mountain of his holiness.

Psa 48:2  Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Psa 48:3  God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

Psa 48:4  For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.

Psa 48:5  They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.

Psa 48:6  Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.

Psa 48:7  Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.

Psa 48:8  As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.

Psa 48:9  We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.

Psa 48:10  According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.

Psa 48:11  Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.

Psa 48:12  Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

Psa 48:13  Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.

Psa 48:14  For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

 

Psa 78:67  And He refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and He did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;

Psa 78:68  but He elected the tribe of Judah, the Mount Zion which He loved.

Psa 78:69  And He built His sanctuary like high places, like the earth He has founded forever.

Psa 78:70  He also chose His servant David, and took him from the folds of the flock;

Psa 78:71  He brought him in from the suckling ewes; He brought him to feed His people Jacob, and His inheritance, Israel.

Psa 78:72  And he fed them in the integrity of his heart; and guided them in the skillfulness of his hands.

 

Psa 125:1  A Song of Ascents. They who trust in Jehovah shall be like Mount Zion; it is not shaken; it remains forever.

Psa 125:2  The mountains are all around Jerusalem; and Jehovah is all around His people, from this time and forever.  (WE PRAY THIS)

Psa 125:3  For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the lot of the righteous; that the righteous not put forth their hands to evil.

Psa 125:4  Do good, O Jehovah, to the good, and to the upright in their heart.

Psa 125:5  And those who turn aside to their devious ways, Jehovah shall lead them forth with doers of evil. Peace be upon Israel.

 

And please read this part!

Mic 4:1  But it shall be in the end of the days, the mountain of the house of Jehovah shall be established on the top of the mountains; and it shall be lifted up from the hills; and peoples shall flow on it. (Sounds like that prophecy)

Mic 4:2  And many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, and to the house of the God of Jacob. And He will teach us from His ways, and we will walk in His paths. For the Law shall go forth out of Zion, and the Word of Jehovah from Jerusalem.

Mic 4:3  And He shall judge between many peoples, and will decide for strong nations afar off. And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, nor shall they learn war still.

Mic 4:4  But they shall each one sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and there shall be no trembling. For the mouth of Jehovah of Hosts has spoken.

Mic 4:5  For all the peoples walk, each one in the name of his god; but we will walk in the name of Jehovah our God forever and ever.

Mic 4:6  In that day I will gather the lame, declares Jehovah, and I will gather the banished, and the one I have afflicted.

Mic 4:7  And I will set the lame in place into a remnant, and her who was cast off into a strong nation. And Jehovah shall reign over them in Mount Zion from now on, and to forever.

Mic 4:8  And you, tower of the flock, the hill of the daughter of Zion, it shall happen to you. And the dominion of the chief ones shall come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.

Mic 4:9  Now why do you cry aloud, an outcry? Is there not a king among you? Has your adviser perished? For pangs have seized you like one giving birth.

Mic 4:10  Be in pain and deliver, daughter of Zion, like one giving birth. For now you shall go out from the city, and you shall live in the field. And you shall come to Babylon. There you shall be snatched back. There Jehovah shall redeem you from the hand of your enemies.

Mic 4:11  Now also many nations are gathered against you, saying, Let her be defiled, and let our eyes look on Zion.

Mic 4:12  But they do not know the plans of Jehovah, nor do they understand His counsel. For He has gathered them like the sheaf to the threshing floor.

Mic 4:13  Rise up and thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hoofs bronze, and you shall crush many peoples. And I will devote their gain to Jehovah, and their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.

 

I believe Jeremiah 30 goes well with this also. It seems like whenever God does put His people in their safe place or mountain and gives them their Jubilee, judgment begins to fall on the world.

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