The Acceptable Year of the Lord

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The Acceptable Year of the Lord

Post  A Bible Student on Sat Mar 14, 2015 2:04 pm

Jesus Christ fulfilled many prophesies during his first coming.  Luke records Him personally pointing out one very specific prophesy from Isaiah.

Luke 4:16-21
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

Here is the section of Isaiah that he was quoting.

Isaiah 61:1-3
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

I'd like to point out that the first three verses in Isaiah 61 make up one complete sentence, but Jesus only quoted part of that one sentence.  This is something that we should keep in mind while studying prophesy.  An entire prophesy doesn't necessarily need to be completed during one period of time.  This section in Isaiah speaks of the Messiah's first and second appearances, but of course, Jesus only quoted the portion that was fulfilled with his first appearance.  It was the earthly ministry of Jesus, when he came as a servant, which was the acceptable year of the LORD.

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