Does Isaiah 61 Apply to Our Behavior?
Jesus applied parts of Isaiah 61 to himself and His ministry. What if we applied part of Isaiah 61:3 to all who follow Jesus? Do you think God expects those who call themselves Christians to try to live in such a way that a reasonable person could say they fulfill these words: “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor” (Isaiah 61:3)? Jesus certainly lived that way. What if Christians prayerfully decided to try to live in such a way that this could reasonably be said of them? What if Christians tried to help and teach one another to live the way God says we should live and Jesus showed us how to live as an example for us? We can think of many ways that Jesus lived this way; and after He filled His disciples with the Holy Spirit they aspired to live this way and inspired other Christians to live this way as well. What would a national, business, or church leader look like as an “oak of righteousness”? How would that have an effect upon them, their decisions, and those they led? What might be some of the results if every Christian asked themselves, “What can I do to display God’s splendor today?”
For the Love of God's Word,