You can Proclaim it, But will they Follow?
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD
has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to the prisoners; 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord's
favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who
mourn; 3 to provide for those who mourn in Zion-- to give them
a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called
oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, to display his
glory. 4 They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise
up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
Isaiah's Gospel - the Prequel
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The prophet is anointed by God, like Elisha, and proclaims
the good news of God's restoration of Israel. Many familiar metaphors
are used - the captives are freed, mourning turns to joy, Israelites
are like plants showing God's glory and Zion (Jerusalem) is restored.
Jesus quotes this passage in Luke 4:18-19. Some refer to it in
Luke as the Gospel within the Gospel (aka Jesus' mission statement).
It is no coincidence that this cartoon will look familiar to those
who have read the Cartoon Gospel of Luke.
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