Summary: The Great Exchange that God makes in our lives Beauty for Ashes, Oil for Anointing, and Garments of Praise for our heaviness.
Note: I am not sure where I got this basic outline from. I added much of the content and used some notes from messages of the past.
Title: The Great Exchange
Theme: To show what happens when Christ changes.
Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-3
(Isa 61:1 "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified."
This is the scripture that we began 2012 with. This became our theme scripture. This is the scripture that Jesus referenced in Matthew 4:18.
I call it the great exchange.
Preach - baw-sar’ “to be fresh, full, to announce, Good tidings –to the Poor, (poor in spirit, poor in self-esteem, poor in self image, poor in love, poor in spiritual vitality)
Heal khaw-bash' – “to bind up” to put back together again, restoration the brokenhearted
Psalms 51;17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart; These, O God, You will not despise.
Proclaim kaw –raw’ (to call forth, call out, ) liberty to the captive “freedom”, set free,
Galatians 5:1 MSG Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.
Opening of the prison to those who are bound (set the captives free)
Joh 8:31-36 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. (32) "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (33) They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free'?" (34) Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. (35) "And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. (36) "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Finality – “To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (Jehovah-self existent One)”
And the day of vengeance of our God (Eloheem – supreme God)
Mat 11:1-6 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities. (2) And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples (3) and said to Him, "Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?" (4) Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: (5) "The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. (6) "And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me."
I. Beauty for ashes
A. Beauty for ashes, what does Ashes mean?
a. Ashes is a place you find yourself when every thing has gone wrong,
b. Your enemy is about to destroy you, you have just sinned and feel like you have failed God, you are overwhelmed by every day pressures in this life, you don't no where to turn etc.
c. Literally it is a place where you have your back up to the wall and you’re crying out for someone to help you.
d. Ashes was a symbol in the Bible of being in deep mourning about something
e. It symbolized you were serious about something; you were laying before God everything and pleading for his mercy, pleading for his help.
The lady and the unjust judge 18:1-5
B. Bible examples:
Est 4:1-3 When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry. (2) He went as far as the front of the king's gate, for no one might enter the king's gate clothed with sackcloth. (3) And in every province where the king's command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
Eze 16:8-13 "When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine," says the Lord GOD. (9) "Then I washed you in water; yes, I thoroughly washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil. (10) "I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin; I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk. (11) "I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists, and a chain on your neck. (12) "And I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head. (13) "Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty.