Isaiah the prophet had a unique ministry. He warned Israel that their idolatry, iniquity, and rebellion would cause them to be destroyed. Then he prophesied that Israel would be restored, returned to their land, and be comforted. Isaiah 61 tells how God plans to comfort Israel.
We will study what the Messiah will do, what God’s people will do, and the everlasting covenant.
Today we will study ‘What God’s people will do” from verses 4-7.
What God’s people will do (4-7)
a) God’s people will rebuild what is ruined (4)
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.
b) God’s people will be set apart to serve the Lord (5-6)
5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. 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.
c) God’s people will rejoice at God’s great blessings (7)
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.
God has not abandoned His chosen people, Israel. Jerusalem will be restored to all her greatness, strangers will serve God’s people, and God’s chosen people shall be set apart to serve and worship God.
Believers in Christ should be busy about the business of praying for, witnessing to, and uplifting the nation of Israel. They need to know their Messiah to enter into the blessings of Isaiah 61.
Will you stand tall and help?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001