Isaiah 61 is a short chapter with only eleven verses, but they are powerful verses! Verses 1-3 speak to who Messiah is and what He will do for His people. He promises the future blessedness of the church. Verses 4-7 speak to what His people, the church, will do, and the church praises God for His mercies. And verses 8-11 speak to the everlasting covenant between God and His people.
I especially love verse eleven. "For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations."
Another passage in Isaiah with a similar theme is Isaiah 55:10-11. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My Word be that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it."
Righteousness and praise will grow around the world. His Word will NOT return empty. His purpose WILL be accomplished, and the church is part of this plan. We are part of this plan! God's people are plants He is tending in His garden to bring righteousness, praise and His Word to the world. We know that God has a real green thumb, and His garden will thrive!
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