The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim 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,

– Isaiah 61:1 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor,

Isaiah is addressing the people of God at a time when Judah had rebelled against God and had been conquered by Babylon. Yet God brings words of comfort in the midst of incredible hardship, for even though Judah had lost faith in the God of Abraham, God had not lost love for His people. We tend to hear more clearly when we are out of resources, miserable and feel in bondage. Isaiah reminds us that God’s love trumps our rebellion. His mercy brings freedom to our captivities.

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