.—Comp. So also Isaiah 61:1, of the same chapter. (compare the notes at Isaiah 58:6). rad. Isaiah 61:1-11. And in the gospels we see a beautiful fulfillment of this verse.. where the Lord Jesus Christ as Israel's appointed Messiah King, went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day (as was his custom) and He stood up, unrolled the scroll of the prophet Isaiah - and found the place where it was written: the SPIRIT of the Lord GOD is upon ME. It refers to those who were borne down by calamity in any form, and would be particularly applicable to those who had been sighing in a long captivity in Babylon. The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; Jesus was the visible representation of the invisible God and He only said and did those things that He heard from His Father in heaven and so Christ was uniquely qualified to apply this glorious prophecy to Himself, for He had indeed been anointed of God to bring good news to the afflicted, to bind up the broken-hearted; to proclaim liberty to those that were captive to sin - and freedom to those that were enslaved by Satan. Jesus lived His entire life in complete and utter dependence upon God, content to lay aside His eternal glory and pray in humble obedience: “Thy will not mine be done.'. . The same language is used in reference to the Messiah in Psalm 45:7 (compare Hebrews 1:9). The work of kidnapping and selling men, women, and children; of tearing them from their homes, and confining them in the pestilential holds of ships on the ocean, and of dooming them to hard and perpetual servitude, is not the work to which the Lord Jesus calls his disciples. Be the following facts remembered: 1. Messiah announces His twofold commission to bring gospel mercy at His first coming, and judgments on unbelievers and comfort to Zion at His second coming (Isaiah 61:1-9); the language can be applied to Isaiah, comforting by his prophecies the exiles in Babylon, only in a subordinate sense. In the whole work of slavery, from the first capture of the unoffending person who is made a slave to the last act which is adopted to secure his bondage, there is an incessant and unvarying trampling on the laws of Jesus Christ. It may be remarked further, that the word here rendered 'liberty' (דרור derôr) is a word which is properly applicable to the year of Jubilee, when all were permitred to go free Leviticus 25:10 : 'And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty (דרור derôr) throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.' To this passage, more than any other, even than Isaiah 40:9, we may trace the use of the word “gospel” (“evangel,” “good tidings”) in our Lord’s teaching and that of the Apostles. The allusion is to the proclamation of liberty, in the year of jubilee, Leviticus 25:10. (a) Thus belongs to all the prophets and ministers of God, but chiefly to Christ, of whose abundant graces everyone receives according as it pleases him to distribute. the meek—rather, "the poor," as Lu 4:18 has it; that is, those afflicted with calamity, poor in circumstances and in spirit (Mt 11:5). Properly, therefore, the word has reference to the freedom of those who are held in bondage, or to servitude; and it may be implied that it was to be a part of the purpose of the Messiah to proclaim, ultimately, universal freedom, and to restore all people to their just rights. So in Jeremiah 34:8-9, it is used to denote the manumission of slaves: 'To proclaim liberty (דרור derôr) unto them; that every man should let his man-servant and every man his maid-servant, being an Hebrew, or an Hebrewess, go free.' (Isaiah 61:1) In Isaiah 61 a messenger from the Lord suddenly appears and announces his divine calling: “The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me.” Here is someone anointed and empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to carry out the divine calling entrusted to him. prophets and kings were set apart to their high office, by the ceremony of pouring oil on their heads; and the idea here is that God had set apart the Messiah for the office which he was to bear, and had abundantly endowed him with the graces of which the anointing oil was an emblem. The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me . 4. ISAIAH 61:1 – The Opening of the Prison Dear friends, We are not writing this post in our own wisdom, nor in the wisdom of man, but rather we trust in that pure wisdom of which our Heavenly Father, YAHWEH, alone, is the author. Isa 61:1-11. proclaim liberty—(Joh 8:31-36). The 3 persons are "the Spirit", "the Lord God" and "me". To bind up the broken-hearted . Christ was indeed uniquely qualified to proclaim: The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me, to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.... Heavenly Father, my understanding is so limited of all You are and the untold mysteries that surround the triune Godhead and the incarnate Word of God, and yet You loved me so much that You came in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ to die for my sins.. so that I might receive the good tidings of great joy which have been given to for people.. so that by grace through faith in Him I have been forgiven of my sins. (1) The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me . faithful sayings, and worthy of all acceptation. Guided by Isaiah 41:1; Isaiah 1:4-9, we recognise here, as there, the utterance of the ideal Servant of Jehovah. So Lu 4:18 and the Septuagint interpret it; Lu 4:18, under inspiration, adds to this, for the fuller explanation of the single clause in the Hebrew, "to set at liberty them that are bruised"; thus expressing the double "opening" implied; namely, that of the eyes (Joh 9:39), and that of the prison (Ro 6:18; 7:24, 25; Heb 2:15).