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Isaiah 61:1 – Proclaiming!

December 17, 2008

Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;

I want to look at that word translated “proclaim”. What does it really mean to “proclaim”? Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions says this about the word:

BDB Definition:
1) to call, call out, recite, read, cry out, proclaim
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to call, cry, utter a loud sound
1a2) to call unto, cry (for help), call (with name of God)
1a3) to proclaim
1a4) to read aloud, read (to oneself), read
1a5) to summon, invite, call for, call and commission, appoint, call and endow
1a6) to call, name, give name to, call by
1b) (Niphal)
1b1) to call oneself
1b2) to be called, be proclaimed, be read aloud, be summoned, be named
1c) (Pual) to be called, be named, be called out, be chosen
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a primitive root [rather identical with H7122 through the idea of accosting a person met]

Wow! This word speaks of action! This isn’t just some written statement or some sentence uttered quietly. It is called out, read aloud. It is a summons…an invitation to the one hearing it. The one proclaiming it has been commissioned to do this. He is on a mission to deliver a message…we are being invited to partake of whatever is in that message!

I notice that it is related to another word:

BDB Definition:
1) to encounter, befall, meet
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to meet, encounter
1a2) to befall (figuratively)
1b) (Niphal) to meet, meet unexpectedly
1c) (Hiphil) to cause to meet
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a primitive root, to encounter, whether accidentally or in a hostile manner

I see that this speaks of incidental meetings and purposeful meetings. Both are covered. The first word I looked at shows that the person proclaiming is doing so intentionally. This second word indicates how he is finding those he proclaims to. We are all covered. Some of us will have a “chance” encounter with the proclaimer. Some of us will have an intentionally directed encounter.

The proclaimer is purposeful…telling everyone he encounters about this message. So, what is the message he is proclaiming? Liberty! I will get into that word in the next Isaiah 61:1 post!

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