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Tuesday, August 18 2015

Isaiah 61: The Last Words At Nazareth

"This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears"

The Messiah was brought up in Judaism - a national religion that was created by the people of the Kingdom of Judah, centuries after the time of Moses (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism; also Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism). While it was and is based upon what the LORD (who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) originally gave to all of Israel in the time of Moses, it later evolved into a religion of tribal traditions, after the people of Judah (by then, the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi; see Three Tribes and Three Meanings) returned from their Babylonian captivity, long after the leadership of Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah (see Zerubbabel's Return, Ezra's Journey From Babylon and The Arrival Of Nehemiah's Cavalry).

The Pharisees and Sadduccess originated at the same time, and as a functional element and basis of, Judaism - from the time of the "Maccabees" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Hasmonean Judea). The Messiah never rejected what He originally gave to the Israelites (see The Messiah's Levitical Birth), but He rebuked the later leaders for their own "laws" and traditions that they added to it to make it into their own national and nationalistic religion i.e. their belief that one has to be a Jew to be saved, just as the Church of Rome (another national and nationalistic religion - created by the Roman Empire) proclaims that one must be a Roman Catholic to be saved.

The Messiah quoted a prophecy of Isaiah (Isaiah 29:13; rendered as "Esaias" in the KJV New Testament), which was written long before the birth of Judaism, that ironically was recorded in the very same Scriptures that the people of Judaism regard as holy. The principle of His rebuke to them applies to vast numbers of Christian-professing people in the very same way (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?, Choosing The Right Way and Why Repent?).

A Synagogue

"7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do." (Mark 7:6-8 KJV)

The Messiah observed the LORD's Sabbath - which was created long before any Israelites or Jews existed (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews). It is the the LORD's Sabbath, not the "Jewish Sabbath," or "the Seventh Day Adventist Sabbath," or "Armstrongism," or any other man-made cult or religion's Sabbath (see When Did The Ten Commandments Begin? and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).

One day, while participating in the readings at His hometown Synagogue on the Sabbath, He quoted the prophet Isaiah (as He frequently would do through His ministry; see also What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?, Why Did Isaiah Say The Messiah's Name Is Immanuel? and Spoken Of The Lord By The Prophet) that marked the beginning of His public Ministry as the Messiah.

"4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." (Luke 4:16-21 KJV)

No one could contest His righteous character. The people of Nazareth had known Him from age 4 or 5 until that day at about age 30. But they could not accept that "one of us" could be the Messiah. His answer to their doubts was the famous "Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country."

"4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?

4:23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.

4:24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. 4:25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 4:26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. 4:27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian." (Luke 4:22-27 KJV)

The situation then became violent. Nazareth is located on a hillside that overlooks the Jezreel Valley and the Valley of Armageddon - that they attempted to use as a weapon to injure or kill Him. They "rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong." They failed in their attempt, but nevertheless lost their Greatest Citizen. The Messiah then moved to Capernaum, a fishing village on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, where He thereafter attended the Synagogue there ("6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum"; John 6:59 KJV).


"4:28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 4:29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 4:30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

4:31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. 4:32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power." (Luke 4:28-32 KJV)

The verses that the Messiah read that day, that made the people of Nazareth want to injure or kill Him, was Isaiah 6:1-2 - but notice carefully the entire context of the statements. It goes on the describe the time when those who claim Zion for themselves will be awakened to the One by and with Whom Zion is actually all about. The next verse, after the two verses that He quoted: "To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified" (see the Fact Finder question below).

"61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

61:4 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. 61:5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. 61:6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

61:7 For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

61:8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 61:9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.

61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations." (Isaiah 61:1-11 KJV)

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This Day In History, August 18

684: Umayyad partisans defeated the forces of Ibn al-Zubayr at the Battle of Marj Rahit, thereby bringing about Umayyad control of Syria (see also Damascus In History And Prophecy).

1304: The indecisive Battle of Mons-en-Pevele was fought between armies of the French and the Flemish.

Thessaloniki 1503: Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) died. His corrupt behavior contributed to the Protestant Reformation (although the "Protestant" churches have maintained almost all of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines right to this day; see Antichristians).

1559: Pope Paul IV, pope from 1555 to 1559, died. His reign was marked by his implacable opposition to Spain, renewing the war between France and the Hapsburgs.

1572: Huguenot King Henry III of Navarre married Margaret of Valois, in an attempt to make peace between Protestants and Catholics in France.

1634: Urbain Grandier, a priest accused and convicted of sorcery (see also What Is Sorcery?), was burned alive in Loudun, France. Most historians believe that Grandier was the simply victim of a politically motivated persecution led by the powerful Cardinal Richelieu.

1698: After invading Denmark and capturing Sweden, Charles XII of Sweden forced Frederick IV of Denmark to sign the Peace of Travendal.

1759: A French fleet was destroyed at Lagos, Portugal, by the British under Admiral Boscawen.

1783: A massive fireball meteor was seen over the east coast of Britain (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).

1825: Scottish explorer Alexander Gordon Laing became the first European to reach Timbuktu, now in Mali. He was murdered there the following month.

1868: The French astronomer Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen discovered helium.

1917: Fire destroyed nearly half of the city of Thessaloniki, Greece (known in the Bible from the Thessalonians who lived there; see 1 Thessalonians: Prove All Things, Hold Fast What Is Good and 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition). Over 70,000 people were left homeless.

1932: Scottish aviator Jim Mollison made the first westbound transatlantic solo flight, from Portmarnock, Ireland, to Pennfield, New Brunswick, Canada.

1943: The Royal Air Force Bomber Command completed the first major strike against the German missile development facility at Peenemunde.

1961: Construction of the Berlin Wall was completed.

1969: The first commercially-produced oral contraceptive, Enovid 10, was launched in Skokie, Illinois.

1971: Australia and New Zealand announced that they were withdrawing their troops from the Vietnam civil war.

1983: Hurricane Alicia killed 22 people and caused 1 billion dollars of damage in Texas.

2005: An electrical generation failure affected nearly 100 million people on the Indonesian island of Java.


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