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Isaiah 61:1-4

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to provide for those who mourn in Zion—

to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.
They shall build up the ancient ruins,
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.

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  • Xian-x

    Well, liberating the oppressed sounds nice, but Tony Perkins explains that the Great Commission was a call to free market enterprise, “The Greek term behind the old English translation literally means ‘be occupied with business.'”

  • Amaryllis

    When the bed you lie on is nails and rust
    And the love you’ve given’s turned to ashes and dust
    When the hope you’ve gathered’s drifted to the wind
    And it’s you and I my friend
    You and I now friend

    Here our memory lay corrupted and our city lay dry
    Let me make this vow to you
    Here where it’s blood for blood and an eye for an eye
    Let me show you what love can do
    Let me show you what love can do

    Here we bear the mark of Cain
    We’ll let the light shine through
    Let me show you what love can do
    Let me show you what love can do- Bruce Springsteen

  • Xian-x

    I really need to create a Disqus account so I can log in and edit my carelessness. I hastily read “One of the last instructions Jesus gave his disciples…” as a reference to the Great Commission. Perkins’ exclusive focus on the parable of the talents as a free market morality tale is not nearly so new or interesting.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah but the kingdom of God will reward it’s workers.

    Workers not people who abuse others to get things they don’t reserve.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, we’ve witnessed Mr. Perkins…wisdom on this blog before.

  • Anonymous

    A wonderful choice for this morning’s reading. I haven’t looked closely at that passage in a long while. It’s full of hope as well as a clear-eyed look at the status quo.

  • If you can find a good copy of Matt Maher’s song based on Isaiah 61, it is awesome. We’ve sung it several times. The official website’s mp3 page is broken for me.