71 Isaiah / Part 2 (20)


The Lord of blessing

Isaiah 61:1-11
John 11:25-26
T When we meet the best guest

 A prophet is a person to pass on words of God to. I don't know what kind of scene was in, but Isaiah's tension hearing the revelation of God goes up. "The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners;"(61:1), Isaiah begins to tell it as if he watches that One to the very front. Because that description is too real, there is a person thinking that this says about himself. However, as Jesus quotes here in Nazareth thus, this points at the Messiah, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." (Luke 4:16-21), and it is not wrong that I say Isaiah stares more and more at the One definitely. "I" of a narrator is a servant of the Lord, and Isaiah hears the words the One oneself tells. It may be said that it is a climax coloring Isaiah's last message brilliantly, here.

 "To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted,", and this "afflicted person" is words named to "a suffering person, a suppressed person". This anointed person did not tell solace and healing only by words. Because He was hurt, and He Himself suffered it on His back, this Gospel overflowed and appeared as a blessing for the people who was hurt and suffered. There is it, "To proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting."(2-3). That blessing seems to be totally joy of a festival or a wedding ceremony, but, "a garland", "the oil of gladness" "the mantle of praise", these are felt the treatment when they met the best guest. Is not the Messiah right the best guest? "The day of vengeance", it is not becoming to here, but when we see it on 63:4 "the day of vengeance" and "My year of redemption" are set here, and that two will be done on the day of the end. For this prophet, there may be a jubilee (Leviticus Chapter 25) in his mind. It will be heard that a day of judgment and extinction for a certain people is a declaration of a day of blessing and joy, for scholars given the salvation of the Lord. It may be a severe thing, but, because the Bible tells it many times that day comes definitely, and now, we scholars of faith must take the Gospel in our heart and tell it to decrease people greeting the judgment and ruin.


U As people of new priest

 As for the blessing to the people of faith, it was told in Chapter 60 invited to new development with "Because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you, the wealth of nations will come to you.", too, but, the same thing is repeated in Verse 4-8. "They will rebuild the ancient ruins, they will raise up the former devastations, and they will repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. And the stranger will stand and pasture your flocks, and foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers. ....." "But you will be called the priests of the Lord; you will be spoken of as ministers of our God." (6), I want to pay attention to that way of speaking, before hearing that blessing.

 In Israel, the tribe of Levi ever took that role. And Israeli race itself was placed in a country of priest in expanse such as the world. They were named people of selection. Because there is it, "other local people" "foreigner" are with "in their country" (7), there will be the ground of a foreigner. It is said that the natives come to worship Israel as people of priest on the ground that Israel dwell temporarily. They carry offerings hard and "strangers will pasture your flocks" and "foreigners will be your farmers", is such a scene reflected and appearing not? It seems saying Babylon and Persia serving Israel of captivity, and, such a scene is pictured in Daniel and Esther, but, some modern bibliologists say it "the third Isaiah", and it feels be able to nod saying that the spectacle that an unnamed prophet in that age had seen was recorded. However, Israel of that time held on to only a pride as the chosen people and charged through a road to ruin again with having abandoned that they were people of priest. The scene which there is "rebuild the ancient ruins and, ....."(4), and they built the second shrine before long, but while it passed through an expansion shrine of Herod, nothing remained, and Jews became people of roam during about 2000 years. It was the times of disciples of Jesus, AD70 year. And it seems that it can say about Israel of the present age, too. While they are chosen as people of priest to carry out duty as a mediator with God and another country's person, but, they have not changed their posture and they have ever never done it. This prophet is going to stare at people of new priest here.


V The Lord of blessing

 Isaiah hears that scene as an event of the day of the end, and on that day, a servant of the Lord gives us solace and joy. It may be heard that people of the priest is not a historical Israeli race, but new Israel of the Lord hearing a blessing of the Messiah. Now, he hears a blessing of the Lord in the world in an extremely modern meaning or in an expanse of Spaceship Earth. For us of the present age, it was the large world where there was not imagination dozens of years ago. When I was a student of theological college, the wish to walk in a town of Jerusalem was a dream within a dream, but, it is not for realization to be impossible in a moment, and now the package tour to Israel became do routinely. I went there alone. Perhaps, as for the times of the end, the world will become more smaller than the present age. Then, about the words "our God" which prophet says without any explanation, we will be able to nod it. It does not mean that everyone recognizes God as "my Lord", believe and serves Him, but, it means that they believe existence of God, and begin to think that He is only God and the best God secretly. In Japan, it was very vaguely, but, such tendency added to heaviness after the Meiji era that Christianity began at least. Surely it will be a thing in such a vague sense that foreigners respect the priest of the Lord.

 However, Isaiah was not going to show such vague only God, but, he promoted it to stare at that One through a blessing of the servant of the Lord and the One poured oil, it is in the following, "Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob."(60:16). "So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." (3), it will be a wish from a heart of a servant of the Lord and prophet Isaiah as a narrator. "I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels."(10), and there are various opinions that narrator is a servant of the Lord or this prophet himself, but, anyway, it shows a state of the end / country of God, and it reminds a blessing to us. "For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations." (11), that state will come soon. Surely, both of justice and praise are veiled now, but, however, ......, the promise that time comes surely is told. The blessing of the Lord will have to be heard in that promise. We heard that promise, the cross of Jesus and revival, and believed Him. It is a matter of extremely simple faith, but is known that Isaiah told that faith. Shall we stare at the Lord of blessing / Jesus with eyes of faith and redo staring?