Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Leviticus 1-4: The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me

Leviticus 2:14 

“If you offer a cereal offering of your firstfruits to the Lord, you shall offer for it of your firstfruits grain in the ear parched with fire, bruised and crushed grain out of the fresh and fruitful ear.”

“Bruised and crushed,” I thought about Jesus with those two words. Jesus, by His own bruising (Isaiah 53:5) and crushing has come to save those who are bruised and crushed.

Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity],…”

Isaiah 61:1 “THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,…”

Even as a little girl, my heart was drawn towards those bruised and crushed. As an adult, I am blessed to be able to speak into young lives that are broken. God's Spirit is upon me!

God's Spirit is upon us in order to preach, bind up, heal, and deliver. The world will know Jesus because we follow His command to release the captives!

More of Your Spirit upon us, Lord. For the glory of One. AMEN!!!

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