Isaiah 61-66

The Mesha stele as photographed circa 1891. Th...

The Mesha stele as photographed circa 1891. The stele describes King Mesha’s wars against the Israelites. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 61-66

     61[1-3] The Spirit of Yahweh God is on Me; because Yahweh has anointed Me to preach good news to the humble and has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to free the prisoners from jail, and to let loose those who are trapped; to tell others the year of Yahweh’s grace, and the day of judgment of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to appoint to those who mourn in Zion (Jerusalem), to give to them a wreath for ashes, the oil of happiness for mourning, the clothes of praise for their heavy spirits; that they may be called trees of goodness, the planting of Yahweh, that God may be praised.

[4-7] They’ll build the old ruins, and they’ll raise up the places that were deserted, and they’ll repair the cities that were destroyed, which were deserted by many generations. Strangers will stand and feed your flocks, and foreigners will be your farmers and gardeners. But you’ll be named the priests of Yahweh; other people will call you the ministers of our God and you’ll eat the wealth of the nations, and you’ll brag about yourselves in their glory. Instead of your shame you’ll have double blessings; and instead of dishonor you’ll celebrate in your land. So in their land they’ll get twice what they had; and they’ll be happy forever.

[8-11] For I, Yahweh, love justice, I hate stealing and other sins; and I’ll repay in truth, and I’ll make a promise with them forever. Their children will be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them will acknowledge them, and say that they’re the people Yahweh has blessed. I’ll greatly celebrate in Yahweh, My soul will be happy in My God; who has clothed Me with the clothes of God’s saving grace, and has covered Me with the robe of goodness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a rosebud, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its bud, and as the garden causes the things that are planted to grow; so Yahweh God will cause goodness and praise to grow in all the nations.

62[1- 5] For Zion (Jerusalem)’s sake I won’t hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I won’t rest, until her goodness shines as brightness, and her saving grace as a lamp that burns brightly. The nations will see your goodness, and all rulers your glory, and you’ll be called by a new name, which the mouth of Yahweh will name. You’ll also be a crown of beauty in the hand of Yahweh, and a royal head dress in the hand of your God. You won’t be called the Divorced Wife anymore; nor will your land be called Infertile but you’ll be called Hephzibah (My Happiness is in Her), and your land Beulah (Married Wife); for Yahweh’s happiness is in you, and your land will be fertile. For as a young man marries a young woman, so will your people marry you; and as the bridegroom celebrates over the bride, so your God will celebrate over you.

[6-12] I’ve set guards on your walls,Jerusalem; They’ll never be quiet day or night. You who call on Yahweh, don’t rest, and don’t let God rest, untilJerusalemis set up and made a praise in the earth. Yahweh has promised by God’s strong hand, and by the power of God’s strength, “Without a doubt, I won’t give your grain to be food for your enemies; and foreigners won’t drink your new wine, for which you’ve worked, but those who have gathered it will eat it, and praise Yahweh; and those who have gathered it will drink it in the courts of My Safe Haven.” Go through the gates; make the way for the people; Make the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a flag for the peoples. Look, Yahweh has told others all over the world, “Say to the city ofZion(Jerusalem), ‘Look, your saving grace comes; Look, God will reward you, and repay you.’” They’ll call them “The Holy People,” the “Saved Ones of Yahweh” and you’ll be called “ God Wants You,” a city not divorced.

63[1-6] Who is this who comes fromEdom(Arab nations), with dyed clothes from Bozrah? Who is this who wears wonderful clothes, and marches in great strength? “I, who speak in goodness, am powerful enough to save you.” Why are you wearing red clothes, and why do your clothes look like someone who presses the grapes? “I’ve stomped the winepress alone; and there was no one with Me of the peoples. Yes, I stomped on them in My anger, and trampled them in My great anger; and their lifeblood is sprinkled on My clothes, and I’ve stained all My clothes. For the day of judgment was in My heart, and the year of My saving grace is come. I looked, and there was no one to help you; and I wondered that there was no one to strengthen you. So by My own power, I brought My saving grace; and My great anger strengthened Me. I stomped down the nations in My anger, and made them drunk in My great anger, and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.

[7-14] I’ll tell you of the loving kindnesses of Yahweh, and the praises of Yahweh, according to all that Yahweh has done for us, and the great goodness done toward the family ofIsrael, which God has done to us with mercy, and with great loving kindnesses. God said, Without a doubt, they’re My people, children who won’t be unfaithful, so God was our Savior. In all our trouble, You were troubled, and the angel of the presence of God saved us; In love and pity, You saved us; and helped us, and carried us through all the old days. But we rebelled, and grieved Your Holy Spirit, so You became our enemy, and fought against us. Then You remembered the old days, Moses and Your people, saying, Where is the one who brought us up out of the sea with the shepherds of the flock? Who put Your Holy Spirit in us? Whose power saved us as Moses lifted his hands? Who divided the waters before us, to make the Name of God an everlasting name? Who led us through the depths, as a horse in the countryside, so that they didn’t trip? As the livestock that go down into the valley, the Spirit of Yahweh caused us to rest; so You led your people, to make Yourself a wonderful Name.

[15-19] Look down from heaven, and see from the place of Your holiness and of Your glory. Where are Your passion and Your acts of strength? The longing of Your heart and Your compassion is kept from me. You are Who we are from, though Abraham doesn’t know us, andIsraeldoesn’t acknowledge us; Yes, You, Yahweh, are Who we are from; You’re the God who saves us. Your Name will be remembered forever. O Yahweh, why do You make us stray from Your ways, and harden our hearts from Your fear? Come back for Your workers’ sake, Your family. Your holy people had it but a little while. Our enemies have stomped down Your safe haven. We’ve become like those whom You’ve never ruled, as those who weren’t called by Your Name.

64[1-4] Oh that you would open the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence, as when fire burns the wood, and makes water boil; to make Your Name known to Your enemies, that the nations may shake in fear at your presence! When you did terrible things which we never thought You’d do, You came down, and the mountains quaked at Your presence. Human beings have never heard, nor understood by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides you, who works for those who waits for God to save them.

[5-7] You meet those who celebrate and do what’s right, those who remember You in Your ways. Look, You were angry, and we sinned. We’ve been sinning a long time; and will we still be saved? For we’ve all become unfit, and all our goodness is like filthy clothes. We all fade as a leaf; and our wrongdoings, like the wind, will take us away. There’s no one who calls on Your Name, who troubles themselves to find You; You’ve hid Your face from us, and destroyed us by our own wrongdoings.

[8-12] But now, Yahweh, You are our Creator. We are the clay, and You are our potter; and we all are the work of Your hand. Don’t be very angry, Yahweh, nor remember our sin forever; see, look, we beg you, we are all Your people. Your holy cities are deserted,Zion(Jerusalem) is deserted like a countryside. Our holy and beautiful house of worship, where our ancestors praised You, is burned with fire; and all our pleasant places are destroyed. Will You keep yourself from punishing us for these things, Yahweh? Or will You keep silent, and trouble us much more?

65[1-5] I am asked for by those who didn’t ask; I am found by those who didn’t look for Me. I said, Look at Me, look at Me, to a nation that was not called by My name. I’ve spread out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who act in a way that isn’t good, following their own thoughts; a people who continually provoke Me to My face, worshiping in the gardens and burning incense on the altars of false gods; who go to graves and secret places to talk to the dead; who eat pig’s meat, and broth of things that aren’t good; who say, Stay away, don’t come near me, for I am holier than you. These are smoke in My nose, a fire that burns all day long.

[6-12] Look, it’s been written before about Me: I won’t keep silence, but I will repay, yes, I’ll repay you for your own sins, and the sins of your ancestors together, says Yahweh, who have burned incense on the mountains, and disrespected Me on the hills by worshipping your false gods. So I’ll repay them for what they’ve done first. Yahweh says this, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and someone says, Don’t destroy it, for there’s still a blessing in it, so I’ll do for My workers’ sake, that I won’t destroy them all. I’ll give children to the families of Jacob (Israel), andJudah(southernIsrael) will get My mountains; My chosen people will inherit it, and My workers will live there.Sharon(nearJaffaon the Mediterranean coast) will be a fold of flocks, and thevalleyofAchor(nearJericho) a place for herds to lie down in, for My people who have followed Me. But you who forget Yahweh, who leave My holy mountain, who eat meat and drink alcohol for Gad and Meni, (the false gods of luck or fortune and fate or destiny); I’ll destine you to be killed, and your fortune will be to bow down to die; because when I called, you didn’t answer; when I spoke, you didn’t hear; but you did what was evil in My eyes, and chose to do that which I didn’t enjoy.

[13-16] So Yahweh God says this, Look, My workers will eat, but you’ll be hungry; Look, My workers will drink, but you’ll be thirsty; Look, My workers will celebrate, but you’ll be disappointed; Look, My workers will sing for joy, but you’ll cry for sorrow of heart, and scream for the trouble of your spirit. You’ll leave Your Name for a curse to My chosen ones; and Yahweh God will kill you; and call the workers of God by another name (Christians).  So that those who bless themselves in the earth will bless themselves in the God of truth; and those who make promises in the earth will promise by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and they’re hid from My eyes.

[17-20] For, Look, I create a new heavens and a new earth; and the old things won’t be remembered, nor come into mind. But be happy and celebrate forever in what I create; Look, I createJerusalema place of celebration, and her people a happy people. I’ll celebrate inJerusalem, and be happy in My people; and the sound of crying and screaming won’t be heard there any more. There won’t be any more babies dying at just a few days old, nor will an old person not live out their days; a hundred years old will be young, and if a sinner reaches a hundred years old, they’ll be punished.

[21-25] They’ll build houses, and live in them; and they’ll plant gardens, and eat what they grow. They won’t build, and someone else live in it; They won’t plant, and someone else eat it. My people will live as long as the trees, and My chosen ones will enjoy the work of their hands for a long time. They won’t work for nothing, nor have children that will die; for they and their children are blessed by Yahweh. Before they call, I’ll answer them; and while they’re still speaking, I’ll hear them. The wolf and the lamb will eat together, and the lion will eat straw like the cow; and dust will be the snake’s food. They won’t hurt nor kill anything in all My holy mountain, says Yahweh.

66[1-6] Yahweh says this, heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house will you build to Me? and what will be My place of rest? I’ve made all these things, and so all these things came to be, says Yahweh. But I’ll watch over those who are poor and have a sorrowful spirit, and who shake in fear at My word. Those who kill a cow are like those who kill a human being; those who sacrifice a lamb, as those who break a dog’s neck; those who make an offering, as those who offer a pig’s blood; those who burn spices, as those who bless a false god. Yes, they’ve chosen their own ways, and their soul enjoys their evil ways. So I’ll also choose their delusions, and will bring their fears on them; because when I called, no one answered; when I spoke, no one heard; but they did what was evil in My eyes, and chose to do what I didn’t enjoy. Hear the word of Yahweh, you who shake in fear at God’s Word. Your family members who hate you, who threw you out for My Name’s sake, have said, “Let Yahweh be praised, that we may see your happiness;” but it’s them who will be disappointed. There’s a sound of chaos from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of Yahweh, who brings judgment on the enemies of God.

[7-11] Before she suffered, she birthed; before her pain came, she had a child. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Will a nation be born in one day? Will a nation be born at once? As soon asZion(Jerusalem) suffered, she had her children. Will I bring to birth, and not cause a child to be born? says Yahweh. Will I, who cause birth, shut the womb? says your God. Celebrate withJerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her, celebrate for happiness with her, all you who mourn over her; that you may nurse and be satisfied with her comforting breasts; that you may suck, and be happy with how much milk she has.

[12-16] Yahweh says this, Look, I’ll give peace to her like a river, and she’ll be the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream. You’ll suck of it; you’ll be carried on her side, and will be bounced on her knees. As a mother comforts her child, so I’ll comfort you; and you’ll be comforted inJerusalem. You’ll see it, and your heart will celebrate, and your bones will grow like the tender grass. The workers of God will know the hand of Yahweh, who will be rightfully angry with the enemies of God. Look, Yahweh will come with fire, whose vehicles will be like a tornado; to bring God’s anger with fierceness, and judgment with flames of fire. For Yahweh will bring judgment by fire, and with weapons, on all people; and Yahweh will kill many.

[17-21] Those who set themselves apart and cleanse themselves to go worship false gods in the gardens, following behind their leader, eating pig’s meat, and rats and other things that are bad for them, will be destroyed together, says Yahweh. I know their works and their thoughts. The time comes, that I’ll gather all nations and languages; and they’ll come, and see My glory. I’ll set a sign among them, and I’ll send those who escape to the nations, to Tarshish (Spain), Pul, and Lud (Libya and Lydia and other Arab-African nations), who draw their weapons, to Tubal (Turkey)  and Javan (Greece), to the nations afar off, who haven’t heard of My fame, nor have seen My glory; and they’ll make Me well-known among the nations. They’ll bring all your family members out of all the nations for an offering to Yahweh, in vehicles, and on horses, mules, and camels, to My holy mountain inJerusalem, says Yahweh,  as the people ofIsraelbring their offering in a clean bowl into the House of God. I’ll choose some of them for priests and workers in the Place of Worship, says Yahweh.

[22-24] For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I’ll make, will last forever before Me, says Yahweh, so your children and Your Name will last forever. From one new moon to another, and from one Seventh Day to another, all people will come to worship before Me, says Yahweh. They’ll go out, and look on the dead bodies of those who have sinned against Me, whose maggots won’t ever die out, nor will their fire be put out; and they’ll be hated by all people.


About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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