Luke 4:18 - 'He closed the book'

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    'And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee:
    and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about.
    And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
    And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up:
    and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day,
    and stood up for to read.
    And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias.
    And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,

    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he hath anointed me
    to preach the gospel to the poor;
    He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
    to preach deliverance to the captives,
    and recovering of sight to the blind,
    to set at liberty them that are bruised,
    To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

    And He closed the book,
    and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down.
    And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.
    And He began to say unto them,
    "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."'

    (Luke 4:14-21)

    Hello there,

    I would just like to remark upon the way the Lord, '
    closed the book', at the relevant point in the reading from Isaiah 61:1,2, in order to be able to announce in all truth, 'Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing'. If He had continued to read that portion of scripture from Isaiah, it would not have been possible for Him to say these words, for it awaited a future time, and a second coming.

    '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,'

    (He closed the book)
    'and the day of vengeance of our God;
    to comfort all that mourn;
    To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion,
    to give unto them beauty for ashes,
    the oil of joy for mourning,
    the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
    that they might be called trees of righteousness,
    the planting of the LORD,
    that he might be glorified
    .. ... ... '
    (Isaiah 61:1-3)

    The Lord used the principle of 2 Timothy 2:15, for He 'rightly divided' the word of Truth. He did not bring into one dispensation, truths which applied to another, either past or future, and therefore could speak the truth with a plain and clear clarity, which left nothing to dispute.

    Praise God!

    * May we all learn to do likewise.
    In Christ Jesus
  2. Excellent dispensational exegesis.

    The Luke 4 passage you quoted was going to be fulfilled right down to a comma, and the rest of the passage would not happen until He came back the 2nd time.
    The day of vengeance had not yet come.

    That is the great Day of the Lord yet to take place. He came the 1st time to preach the gospel so that men could be saved from the judgment. He came anointed by the Holy Spirit to bring the wonderful message of salvation. Thank God we are still living in that time of God's grace which is the church age.

    When He come the 2nd time, there will be no grace, no salvation but instead vengeance.

    Thanks for your comments!
    Complete likes this.

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