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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Isaiah 61



Verses 1-11

Isaiah 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 to them that are bound;

Isaiah 61:1Word Study on "anointed" - Strong says the Hebrew word "anointed" "mashach" ( מָשַׁח) (H 4886) means, "to rub with oil, to anoint, to consecrate, to paint." The Enhanced Strong says this Hebrew word is used 69 times in the Old Testament, being translated in the KJV as "anoint 68, paint 1." From the root word comes the term "Messiah," which is translated in the New Testament as "Christ."

Isaiah 61:1Scripture References- Note a similar verse:

Psalm 102:20, "To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;"

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

Isaiah 61:2 — "To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD" - Comments- Compare the phrase "the acceptable year of the Lord" to the one just used in Isaiah 58:5.

Isaiah 58:5, "Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?"

Scripture References - Note:

Isaiah 49:8, "Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;"

2 Corinthians 6:2, "(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)"

Isaiah 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.

Isaiah 61:3 — "to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness" - Comments- Ashes tell us that destruction has come and the despair and spirit of heaviness that accompanies the loss of things that are precious.

How do you overcome spirit of heaviness - Praise the Lord!

Isaiah 61:1-3Comments- Jesus' Earthly Ministry- The purpose of Jesus coming for an earthly ministry is revealed in Isaiah 61:3. One of his returns in Revelation is to execute judgment upon the enemy. One coming is to receive those of the first resurrection. Thus, in John 10:10 Jesus came the first time for us to have an abundant life.

John 10:10, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

Compare Isaiah 61:1-3 to Isaiah 58:6-9. The nation of Israel had not been letting the captive go free. Rather, they had been bringing the people into bondage. But, Jesus will come and set the captives free.

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

Isaiah 61:10"for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness" - Comments- In his book Heaven: Close Encounters of the God Kind Jesse Duplantis says that he saw people entering into heaven wearing two different types of closing. Some wore beautiful, glorious robes while others wore simple gowns. He was told by his angel that those Christians who were faithful in their life were given these beautiful robes while the less faithful ones were simply given gowns to wear. 88]

88] Jesse Duplantis, Heaven Close Encounters of the God Kind (Tulsa, Oklahoma: Harrison House, 1996), 72.

Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Isaiah 61:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.

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