Monday, May 20th, 2013
Isaiah 61 (Part 3)
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn.
Isaiah 61:2 (NKJV)
To proclaim is to 'announce publicly' (Collins English Dictionary). As 'Ambassadors for Christ' (2 Corinthians 5:20), we are His publicists.
'Whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father Who is in Heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father Who is in Heaven' (Matthew 10:32-33).
Inarguably, we live in a day of denial. Violence, profanity, sorcery, fornication, sensuality, idolatry, greed, deceit and mockery deny the truth of Christ. We've gotten used to corruption... even intoxicated by it, because media is intoxicating. Is this the acceptable year of the Lord?
'With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible' (Matthew 19:26).
Then how do actors, models and talent for Christ publicize Jesus? Like Tim Tebow? Will they be kicked off the mission field they hope to win? In 2013, Tim was released from the NY Jets after sitting on the bench for a season. But he was also named 'America's Most Influential Athlete.' *
The right way to witness will be shown to each of His rising stars. God says, 'For the day of vengeance is in My Heart, and the year of My redeemed has come' (Isaiah 63:4). Tim is God's redeemed. So are actors, models and talent for Christ.
Is God's vengeance intended against the sinners in Hollywood? Or against the sinners in holy wood, that is to say His church? Consider two Scriptures: 1) 'Sin is not imputed when there is no law' (Romans 5:13).** 2) 'To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin' (James 4:17).
Consider Paul's letter to the Corinthian church in 2 Corinthians 6: 'For He says: 'In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.' Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation' (v.2). Paul continues...
'Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?... Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God' (v.14-16).
We are not yoked with Hollywood. Instead, we are Christ's anointed sent to work within it.
But are we yoked with an idol worshipping church? Concerning this nation in general, I believe we are. It is they from whom we must 'Come out... and be separate' (v.17): to bring a new witness of Christ--one that is not tied between the walls of sectarianism.
And toward the world? 'Comfort all who mourn,' because media promotes isolation and bondage. You promote fellowship and freedom.
To Be Continued...
Additional Reading: 'The time of his coming would be a time when Yahweh would be pleased to proclaim through him universal emancipation from this ignoble bondage, and to restore to all the privilege of being the freedmen of the Lord' (Barnes Notes on the Bible). 'But the Son is ready, by his Spirit, to make us free; and then we shall be free indeed' (Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary).
Barnes Notes on the Bible, Isaiah 61:2: http://biblecommenter.com/isaiah/61-2.htm Note: Scroll down to see Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary.
**Modern commentary on Romans 5:13: http://www.tillhecomes.org/sin-is-not-imputed-where-there-is-no-law/
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Isaiah 61 series.