Wednesday, June 19, 2024

2024.06.19 Hopewell @Home ▫ Isaiah 61:4–9

Read Isaiah 61:4–9

Questions from the Scripture text: What will those who hear the Servant do (Isaiah 61:4)? By whom will they be served (Isaiah 61:5)? And what will they be, enjoy, and obtain (Isaiah 61:6-7)? What does YHWH love, and what will He make His people to be like (Isaiah 61:8)? Who will see what about His people (Isaiah 61:9)?

What effect does Christ’s preaching have? Isaiah 61:4–9 prepares us for the first serial reading in public worship on the Lord’s Day. In these six verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that His preaching brings His own into eternal joy. 

Christ’s effectual Word (Isaiah 61:1-3) causes Zion to be rebuilt (Isaiah 61:4) beyond anything it had previously been. Everything on earth serves the interests of His church (Isaiah 61:5Isaiah 61:6c–d); but, God’s people all become priests who attend to Him (Isaiah 61:6a–b, cf. 1 Peter 2:9). The outcome of being helpless in sin and having to be saved by Christ Himself is everlasting and infinite honor, inheritance, and joy (Isaiah 61:7) as those whom Christ has made righteous/glorious (Isaiah 61:8), which He also does for their children (Isaiah 61:9)

What are you hoping for as you come to Christ in His Word? What is He doing, as He brings it to You by His Spirit?

Sample prayer:  Lord, thank You for Christ’s saving, sanctifying, and glorifying. Minister it to us by His Word and Spirit, AMEN!

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