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“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.” - Isaiah 61:1, 2.


The prophecy stated in today's citation shows that God is concerned with the condition of the meek, the brokenhearted, those being tormented in captivity, those that mourn.  That was the case with the Israelites in time of old when they sinned against God; He had pity on them in view of their travails despite their stubbornness. (Isaiah 63:9) Thus, from time to time God sent them deliverers. It is the devil who has no love for people and therefore wastes human lives at will. - John 8:44;10:10.

God is now proclaiming liberty to the nations who for long had been harassed and bruised by the devil and his agents. This is the time He has permitted His word to be preached to all mankind so that they will worship Him in spirit and in truth for their blessing and salvation by His grace. St. Paul, in his letter to the Christians at Rome, said God had given the Apostles primarily the ministry of reconciliation, “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them”. He then prayed the believers to be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20) Because of the love God has for us, we are therefore exhorted “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.” - Isaiah 35:3, 4.

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