Isaiah 61:1-11 (NIV84) The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Aliens will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of your God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance. And so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs. “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed.” I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.
Jubilee – See Leviticus 25:1-54 & Deuteronomy 15:1-11
Matthew 27:46 (NIV) About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
John 12:24 (NIV) “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”
John 11:21, 25, 32-33 (NIV) Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. … Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. … When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled.
Shane talks about God’s design for us and how sin puts us into opposition with that design. In your small group or with a friend over coffee, talk about the ways sin pushes against his design for you. Think about the 10 Commandments, Jesus’ and the Apostles’ teachings, and places in scripture God lays out boundaries for you.
When you think about what God took from you and gave you in return (reread v.3 and focus on “instead”), what do you see as most significant on both sides? Spend time this week in praise for all that God has done for you “instead” of what you could have done for yourself.
In the final section, “How should we respond”, Shane’s plea is to trust God. Trust him with everything. Have you done that? You can do it right now! Pray simply and from the heart – confess that you’ve tried to be your own lord and that it doesn’t work, ask him to be your Lord and Savior, thank him for his generous gift of salvation and new life. We want to celebrate with you – tell us about your decision here: https://www.northpointe.org/forms/connection-card-2/
We continue to come back to the question, “How big is your God?” This week, think about how big he has to be to restore us (bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom, rebuild the ruins, etc.). Look through Isaiah 61:1-11 and find all the ways our big God restores, renews, blesses, and saves us.
Parents: Read Isaiah 61:3 with your kids and focus on the word “instead.” Help them find all kinds of “insteads” that God has provided like – he made us a family instead of leaving us on our own, he brings me peace when I’m upset instead of letting me just get stuck with my bad feelings, etc. Celebrate God’s goodness!
With a passion for Christ that is undeniable, Shane directly involves his listeners in each message. He speaks with high energy and delivers powerful teaching that is relevant to current life issues.