Oaks of Righteousness

Homecoming – Oaks of Righteousness

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)      INTRODUCTION: in the book of Luke chap 4, Jesus having been baptized by John was led by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan.  Hebrews 4:15 tells us that as our high priest he is able to sympathize with our weakness having been tempted in every way that we are tempted, yet without sin.  God’s love & compassion for us is clearly seen in our scripture reading.

TEXT: :  ISAIAH 61:1-4 (NKJV) THE FIRST THREE VERSES OF OUR TEXT WERE READ BY JESUS IN Luke 4:18-21. AFTER READING THIS PASSAGE JESUS SAID “TODAY THIS SCRIPTURE IS FULFILLED IN YOUR HEARING…

II)   JESUS WAS ANOINTED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD TO DO GOD’S WORK

A)   He came to preach good news to the poor, the destitute, the afflicted, the humble, those crushed in spirit, those who tremble at his word.

B)    He came to bring healing those who are bruised, oppressed and hurting physically and spiritually.

C)    he came to proclaim freedom for those in bondage – prisoners of fear, guilt, addiction and condemnation.

D)    he came to open the spiritual eyes of those blinded by world and Satan in order that they may perceive the truth of god’s love & forgiveness.

E)    he came to release the oppressed, slaves to sin, living without hope and without god’s in this world.

F)    he came to proclaim this time of god’s favor, love , forgiveness and salvation available through Christ’s death on the cross..

G)    Jesus did not read the rest of that verse in Isaiah: “to proclaim the day of vengeance of our god.”

III)   the primary application OF THE SECOND PART OF THIS PASSAGE RELATES TO THE To the restoration of Israel, but i believe relates to us also as those grafted in, spiritual Israel.

A)    he came to comfort all who mourn (Isa 61:2b) – as god’s people it is natural that we mourn and grieve over the spiritual condition of our country, our society and our own families and loved ones – those to whom god’s blessings are with held, because of sin.  we know the future they face if they die in their sin.

B)    he came to bestow on his servants a crown of beauty instead of ashes and a garment of praise instead of despair – our hope is in the lord and his salvation.  we offer that hope to others who are searching.

IV)   they will be called the oaks of righteousness the planting of the lord –  they will display of God’s splendor and majesty.  the image of god marred by sin when Adam and eve sinned will be restored.…

A)    they will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore places long devastated for generations. (4)  THE ANCIENT RUINS SPEAKS TO ME OF GENERATIONAL SIN.  THE SINS THAT HAVE PASSED FROM FATHER TO SON, MOTHER TO DAUGHTER, FOR GENERATIONS.

B)    they will be called priests of the lord and ministers of our god. and feed on the wealth of nations. (6b)

C)    the world will see and acknowledge that they are a blessed people. (9b)

V)    CONCLUSION – When i was growing up we had this magnificent oak tree that had stood there for years defying the winter winds and summer drought …it’s roots went deep into the soil, watered by the stream that it was near.  I think of this giant oak tree when i read this scripture AND I THINK OF MY FATHER-IN-LAW AND MY MOTHER-IN-LAW WHO GREATLY INFLUENCED MY LIFE.   THEY WERE GODLY PEOPLE AND THEY WERE FAITHFUL TO THE END.  I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THEM SOON, WHEN MY HOME COMING OCCURS.   IF THERE ARE ANY HERE THIS MORNING THAT ARE NOT SPIRITUALLY READY FOR THAT ALL IMPORTANT HOME COMING, THAT CAN CHANGE THIS MORNING.  JESUS ALREADY PAID THE ENTRY FEE WHEN HE DIED UPON THE CROSS, PAYING THE PENALTY OF YOUR SINS AND MINE…

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