Verse 1 – “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
Jesus quoted this in Luke 4:18, 19 and then in verse 21, He said, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Verse 2 – To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn,
Verse 3 – to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
Verse 4 – And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall rise up the former desolation’s, and they shall repair the ruin cities, the desolation of many generations.
The Babylonians had devastated Jerusalem and its surrounding towns and villages in 587 B.C.
Verse 5 – Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the foreigner shall be your plowman and your vine-dressers.
Verse 6 – But you shall be named the Priests of the Lord, men shall call you the Servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory you shall boast.
The priests – The whole body of them shall now be as near to God as the priests were formerly, and shall be a royal priesthood. Christ is our High Priest.
Verse 7 – Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs.
Double of what they formerly possessed. Their blessings would be greatly increased and multiplied.
Verse 8 – “For I the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offerings; I will direct their work in truth, and will make with them an everlasting covenant.
Though Israel had broken covenant with God, He was making a new covenant that could not be broken. His people had suffered enough. God will reward those who suffer injustices at the hand of others.
Verse 9 – Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, they are the prosperity whom the Lord has blessed.”
There’s coming a day when God’s chosen people will not be despised, they will be highly esteemed!
Verse 10 – I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garment of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
This image implies the metaphor of God as husband of His people – the church. If you are a believer, then you are the church – the Bride of Christ!
Verse 11 – For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the thins that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
Praise is the fruit of our righteousness which is of Christ!