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Spirit of the Lord upon Me
Isaiah 61:1-11 Commentary
by Stephen B. Reid
The passage seems to contain multiple voices: a preacher and healer, an administrator, and YHWH.1 These three speakers play a major role in the Jerusalem renaissance.
General Mission 61:1-3b
The literary motifs of Isaiah 40-55 appear in the background in our text. The language of spirit endowment connected to the servant (Isaiah 42:1; 48:16) appears here as well. The special gift metaphor occurs in the third servant song (see Isaiah 50:4). The spirit of the LORD echoes Isaiah 59:21.2
The poet/prophet refers to three populations he is directed to serve. The poor occurs often in the Psalms (Psalm 9:19; 10:17; 22:27; 25:9; 34:3; 69:33; 147:6; 149:4) but only three times in Isaiah (Isaiah 29:19; 32:7; 61:1) and once in the book of Amos (2:7). The second group, the brokenhearted, occurs here and Psalm 34:19). The final group, the captives, occurs more often mostly in narrative texts with three references in the Psalter (Psalms 68:19; 106:46; 137:3), five times in Jeremiah (13:17; 41:10, 14; 43:12; 50:33), once in Ezekiel (6:9), and another time in Obadiah (1:11).
The poet/prophet uses a series of infinitives: preaching, healing/liberation, and proclamation. ...
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NL244: Spirit of the Lord upon Me
December 11, 2016
This Narrative Lectionary podcast discusses Isaiah 61:1-11, the reading for Dec. 11, 2016.