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Day 5 – “Display of His Splendor”

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Isaiah 61:1-9

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,

2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,

3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called mighty oaks,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.

4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.

5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.

6 And you will be called priests of the LORD,
you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.

7 Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours.

8 “For I, the LORD, love justice;
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
and make an everlasting covenant with them.

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.”

Reflection:

Before Jesus, no one came even close to fulfilling these prophetic words of Isaiah.  But even when Jesus began to touch and transform lives, no one expected that He would usher in the Lord’s favor and fulfill them in such unexpected and undeniable ways.  With each healing, He crossed over lines whether they were ethnic, social, economic or gender.  With each comforting word, He reached beyond the restrictions of religion in order to save.  Ultimately, He forgave sins as only God could forgive sins.  The overwhelming result of Christ’s work is a “mighty oak,” a great Kingdom full of people who have been touched and changed.  Now, when we look back to the stories of the centurion, the widow and the sinful woman, we see the “display of His splendor,” the unfailing love of God at work in gathering together His people as “priests of the Lord” and “ministers of our God” who will proclaim the good news for all of the nations to see and acknowledge.

Responding to the Transmitted Word:

We all have stories of how God came to us and touched our lives.  We are the poor who have heard the Good News! But there are many more stories to be told.  Let’s take some time to pray for those around us who have yet to be touched by God.  He is moved by our prayers.  With faith and courage, let’s ask, seek and knock until God’s heart is moved and He answers us.

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