A Review of Isaiah 61 by Keith E Gardner Always using the King James Bible
In verse 1 we see the mandate given unto all those called and chosen of God.It is the expression of the true sentiments of all the called and chosen of God and this it is our one motivating desire to teach the truth to all.All men are meek and brokenhearted even though many may not want to acknowledge it or maybe they don’t even realize it but, the LORD can humble us all.All of us are captives of sin and we are all, from birth, in the prison house of Satan as we are all wicked, Psalm 58:3, unless and until the LORD saves us: Isaiah 42:6-9.
In verse 2 the LORD continues to describe the task He has given unto His.“To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.” This is the function of all the called and chosen of God.We are to proclaim the acceptable year and the day of vengeance of our Lord GOD; both are one in the same.We must realize that the LORD and all heaven exist outside of time.Therefore unless the LORD is referring to us, time is irrelevant.Consequently a day, a week, a month or years are all the same to God and in this verse He is referring to Himself: “the acceptable year of the LORD”.So we can know “the acceptable year” and “the day of vengeance” are the same day as we now know the last is one day.The LORD closes the verse with “to comfort all that mourn”.We know, in this instance, the LORD is only concerned with His, so the all in this clause refers only to His called and chosen.The called and chosen of God will mourn as we will see loved ones perish, many horribly, and we will feel sorrow for the world in general. However our Lord GOD says in Revelation 21:4 that He will wipe all tears from our eyes then we will begin our heavenly duties.
In verse 3 the LORD is telling us what will occur in heaven after the end of this world.As Zion is heaven and in heaven the LORD will give unto His called and chosen “… beauty for ashes …” as the ashes refer to the world on which we once lived.The clause continues to divulge the blessings of our Lord GOD unto His called and chosen.In the final clause of the verse we see our purpose in heaven.We see that all heaven will know us as the “trees of righteousness” and “the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified”.In Revelation 19:1-4 we see this prophesy fulfilled as in verse 1 the called and chosen of God praise the LORD with all heaven.In verse 2 the called and chosen of God affirm the righteous judgment of the church, “the great whore”, for the corruption of the earth with her fornication: lies.In verses 3 and 4 we will continue to praise the LORD as we are represented in verse 4 as the four and twenty elders; two represents the called and chosen of God and twelve represents fullness together representing all the called and chosen of God: 2 x 12 = 24.We will praise God along with the heavenly hosts represented here as “the four beasts”.
“And they shall build the old wastes they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.” These are among the duties of the called and chosen of God.We are to build the old waste places which are the elect of God who do not know the LORD.We are to take them His word that He will add them to the number of His called and chosen: Isaiah 49:1-9.In Isaiah 49:5 we hear Isaiah saying it has been given unto him “to bring Jacob again to Him”.Isaiah represents all the called and chosen of God and it has been given unto us “to bring Jacob”, the elect of God, back to the LORD.I say back because before the foundation of the world we were already the possessions of the LORD: Ephesians 1:3-4.In Isaiah 49:5 we also see Isaiah saying “Though Israel be not gathered” this is because Israel represents all the people of the world and Jacob represents the elect of God.Please remember the LORD sees only two types of people in this world: saved and lost.In Isaiah 49:5-6 the saved and lost are represented as Jacob and Israel respectively.In Isaiah 49:7 the LORD is speaking of His called and chosen as He says “to him whom man despiseth”.He is telling us although we are despised of men He shall choose us.In Isaiah 49:8 the LORD is sending us forth to establish His covenant with the people.This means we are being sent forth to take the truth of His law to the people.In doing so all the called and chosen of God will come to the LORD hence, we will “cause to inherit the desolate heritages”; we will inherit the elect of God as they become called and chosen through us: Isaiah 49:20-23.As the elect become called and chosen we see Isaiah 49:9 materialize.
In verse 5 we see “And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks”.The strangers here are the parents and guardians of the elect to whom the called and chosen will take the word.The parents and guardians are not saved themselves but, they will raise and care for the elect of God.Once the called and chosen of God have taken His word to these, “the sons of the alien”, they will then also be the called and chosen of God.They then will become the plowmen and the vinedressers, as are all the called and chosen, taking the truth of the LORD to this world.As they bring more of the elect of God unto Him it edifies both them and the entire line God has blessed to bringing them the truth.
Verse 6 opens with “But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD”.This clause is referring to all the called and chosen of God as it has been given unto us to minister unto the LORD: Ezekiel 44:15-16.We know Ezekiel 44:15-16 is applicable here because in verse 15 the LORD says “… that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me”.All those who “kept the charge” were the called and chosen of God as every man will run in his own way unless he is called and chosen of the LORD.The verse continues with “men shall call you the minister of our God”.Reading the Bible one knows this will never happen on this sin-cursed earth.We must also notice the plural noun men is italicized which means it was not in the original manuscript.Therefore we must read this clause omitting men.When you do you will realize the clause is not speaking of men at all, but of the hosts of heaven.In heaven all the called and chosen of God will minister unto the LORD; that, I believe, is our primary reason for being.We shall be called the ministers of God by all the heavenly hosts.The final clause in the verse says “ye shall eat the riches of the gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves”.This verse is saying the called and chosen of God will take His gospel to the world gathering all of His elect unto Him.Those gathered are the riches of the Gentiles, as they are their earthly children and the LORD sees our children as our wealth: Job 1:13-19.The LORD will then bring them back to the one who took them the word consequently we will then “eat the riches of the Gentiles”.So they will glory in the LORD for they are called and chosen and we, those who took them the word of the LORD, will be forever thankful unto the Godhead.
“For your shame ye shall have double.” In this first clause of verse 7 the LORD speaks of our shame.This is the shame all those called and chosen of God know once we are saved and we look back on our lives as one who was elect of God but not yet saved.We are ashamed of our thoughts and our actions as they were just like those of the lost.The second verse says “and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion”; this is to say the called and chosen of God will take His word to the world.All of those elect of God who hear the word of the LORD will come unto Him.These are all those who were confused but, when they hear the word, the LORD will open their eyes and they will rejoice.The LORD explains this in a parable in John 4:35-38 where His called and chosen are the sowers and His elect are the reapers.In the third verse the LORD says “therefore in their land they shall possess the double”.In their land is referring to this world as only the called and chosen of God will possess the double.The double refers to the rereward the LORD speaks of in Isaiah 58:8; as the unwarranted reward is salvation and the rereward is our blessing as we follow the mandate of the LORD to take the gospel to the world.Through these efforts we will grow just as the LORD explains in John 4:35-38.The verse closes with “everlasting joy shall be unto them” for as much as they have done all the LORD required of them, and the called and chosen of God must do His will as you read in the book of Jonah, they will have everlasting joy.
“For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offerings.” The LORD of heaven is the only true God, Deuteronomy 32:35-40.He loves righteousness and will bring judgment unto all.For those who are eternally His He has already paid their sin debt: Deuteronomy 32:36.As He is the creator of all, Isaiah 64:8, we are all His even those whom He has not saved and they, regardless to how good a life He has given them, will not acknowledge Him.Unto them He has written the words of Deuteronomy 32:37-39.In the second half of this clause the LORD is speaking of the church congregations as they rob Him of their servitude and once a week offer a false burnt offering: a tithe.Reading Malachi 3:7-10 we see in verse 8 the LORD poses the question “Will a man rob God?” This is because tithes and offerings are not what the LORD seeks.These things are not to benefit the LORD they were originally collected to maintain the church building and the preacher, however today the focus has changed.In Romans 12:1 we see exactly what we owe the LORD; therefore you should at least begin to realize that your Sunday tithe isn’t even a funny joke and although the LORD is not laughing with you He may just be laughing at you.In our lives today we can at least attempt to meet the requirement of Romans 12:1: saved or lost.We are all the creations of God and the same mandate has been given unto us all: Mark 6:7-12.In the final clause of this verse the LORD says He “… will direct their work in truth”.This is the will of God, that all whom He has called and chosen will take His gospel unto the world.He will guide us in our comprehension of His word that we will take truth unto this world.In the final half of this clause the LORD says “and I will make an everlasting covenant with them”.This is the guarantee of salvation the LORD has given unto all of His called and chosen.The covenant is the agreement between our God and His called and chosen: Isaiah 55:3-5.
In verse 9 we read “And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people”.This clause is speaking of the called and chosen of God as we are all the seed of those God uses to bring us the truth.The Gentiles, the lost, will know us as we will standout from amongst the mass more and forevermore; we will grow in unmistakable grace.In the closing clause of the verse we see “all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed that the LORD has blessed”.This clause is undoubtedly fulfilled in heaven as the lost will never acknowledge the called and chosen of God.Furthermore take note as our Lord GOD does not say the Gentiles, all those who are not called and chosen, will acknowledge them.He says “all that see them” and this is a perfectly placed clue telling us this will occur in heaven.On earth not even the called and chosen of God can be certain of on another’s calling: Matthew 26:20-25.
In the first clause of verse 10 we see the sentiments of all the called and chosen of God.In the second portion of the second clause the LORD says “He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness” and this “robe of righteousness” is the garment of salvation the LORD speaks of in the first portion of this clause.It should be clear if one has been blessed with the garments of salvation they have been called and chosen to be with the LORD forevermore.The called and chosen of God will wear the garments of salvation “… as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels”.
In verse 11 the LORD is giving us the analogy of His work on earth in our gardens and in His forests comparing this to His work on His called and chosen from every nation on earth which is now in heaven.