Isaiah 61: The Mission of the Lord and His Servants

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 154


Isaiah 61 is another chapter that speaks of the blessings that can come to God’s people if they are faithful to Him. In the first three verses, Isaiah spoke of his mission to lift and bless the house of Israel. However, the mission more fully applies to the Savior, and Isaiah simply represented Him to the people. These verses can help describe the mission of all who are called to represent the Savior.

Understanding the Scriptures

Isaiah 61:1–3

Tidings (v. 1)News 
Meek (v. 1)Humble 
Bind up (v. 1)Give healing to 
Day of vengeance (v. 2)Day when God punishes the wicked and rewards the righteous 
Beauty for ashes (v. 3)Refers to the custom of pouring ashes on one’s head when deeply saddened. The Lord promised here a beautiful head covering, meaning the people will no longer mourn. 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Isaiah 61.

Activity A iconExplain the Fulfillment

  1. 1.

    Read Luke 4:16–21 and explain what Jesus said about Isaiah 61:1–3.

  2. 2.

    Write about ways you know the Savior fulfilled the prophecies in these verses or ways He continues to fulfill these prophecies.