Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Garments of Praise

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Isaiah 61:3 Garments of Praise

11/26 – Intro: “Our Great Consolation”
12/03 – Advent Sunday 1 – “Beauty for Ashes”
12/10 – Advent Sunday 2 – “Oils of Joy”
12/17 – Advent Sunday 3 – “Garments of Praise”
12/24 – Advent Sunday 4 – “Planted by the Lord”

Isaiah 61:1–2
1 “The Spirit of the Father Adonai Yehovah 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.”

Let’s pray as Jesus taught us to pray:
“Spirit of Father Adonai Yehovah come upon me, clothe me in praise, release me from the weight and burden of my sins and place me by Your side, that I may know what is the hope of my calling, what are the riches of the glory of my inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of Your power toward us who believe, according to the working of Your mighty power.”

A garment of praise!
• 5844 עָטָה, עָטָה [ʿatah /aw·taw/] v. A primitive root; TWOT 1601, 1602; GK 6486 and 6487; 17 occurrences; AV translates as “cover” 10 times, “array” once, “turn aside” once, “clad” once, “covering” once, “filleth” once, “put on” once, and “surely” once.
1 to cover, enwrap, wrap oneself, envelop oneself.
• Jack Hayford: “Many see in this text the power of worship-filled praise to cast off oppressive works of darkness.”

The Talit
• A tallit (Hebrew: טַלִּית‎ [taˈlit] talit in Modern Hebrew; tālēt in Sephardic Hebrew and Ladino; tallis in Ashkenazic Hebrew and Yiddish) is a fringed garment traditionally worn by religious Jews. The tallit has special twined and knotted fringes known as tzitzit attached to its four corners. The cloth part is known as the "beged" (lit. garment) and is usually made from wool or cotton, although silk is sometimes used for a tallit gadol.

Jesus is finishing one of the longest and most difficult 24 hours of ministry in the Gospel.
• Mark 4: The day began with Jesus teaching on the shore near Capernaum
o Jesus teaches all day at the Galilee shore
• Evening falls and Jesus is exhausted – falling asleep in the stern of the small fishing vessel.
o What manner of exhaustion must one have to sleep through a huge storm?
• HUGE storm hits – Jesus is awoken by the disciples and He calms the storm
o Dead calm as the boat drifts toward the dead soul of “Legion” on the shore at midnight.
o There’s a storm raging in the occupied soul of a poor man on the shore.
▪ He becomes the 1st Christian missionary is sent out to the gentile cities of Decapolis.
• Morning dawns and Jesus is landing on the shore of Capernaum once again.
• Jairus, Chief Synagogue Ruler, is waiting at the shore and pleading earnestly with Jesus that his daughter is gravely ill.
Mark 5:23 And he was imploring him many times, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death! Come, lay your hands on her, so that she will get well and will live.”
o Jesus’ healings had become well known – to the point that even Synagogue rulers requested His healing.
Matthew 4:23–25
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.
25 Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.

o Large crowd follows Jesus to Jairus’ house.
o Jesus is touched by a woman with 12 year flow of blood – an unclean woman.
o Jesus takes time to minister to the woman concerning the power that touched her and healed her.
• Word comes from Jairus’ house that the little girl has now died.

Mark 5:35–42
35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
• Spurgeon: “The word for ‘why trouble the Teacher any further’ is a very strong one, . . . it implies that there were such signs of weariness upon our Lord that friendly minds judged it to be troubling Him to struggle through the crowd to Jairus’ house. Sometimes these side lights reveal more of the condition of the Man of Sorrows than the narrative actually records. Ah, there is no fear of troubling Jesus now; it is His joy to visit where He is prayed to come.”

36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
• Spurgeon: “The language of omnipotence.”
• Are you?
o Worried?
o Troubled?
o Fearful?
o Demonized?
o Storms in your life or soul?
o Exhausted?
• To believe:
o To trust in; To adhere to; To rely upon

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
• Walking by sight would dictate – “Oh well, she’s gone, she’s terminal, she’ll die any time now.
Mark 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly.
39 When He came in, Jesus said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.”
40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying.
• Notice the contrast with Jesus and the awaiting crowd at Jairus’ house.
o Jesus: exhausted but calm and collected – He knows what is about to happen.
o The Crowd:
▪ A tumult
▪ Weeping and wailing loudly

Matthew, Mark and Luke record this healing – only Mark records the actual words used:
41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”

• 5008. ταλιθά talithá; transliterated from the Aramaic t̄elīthāh (not found in the OT). A girl or maiden (Mark 5:41). The Gr. word equivalent to the Aramaic would be korásion (2877), damsel.
Syn.: paidískē (3814), maid or girl; paidíon (3813), a child or servant.

Jewish faithful are often buried with the “Talit” over their bodies – men particularly.
• Here, Jairus’ family had perhaps draped the little girl’s dead body with the ceremonial “Talit”.
• I can picture Jesus inquiring what her name is – “Why, I call her my little prayer shawl.”
o Talit is a feminine noun in Hebrew and Aramaic.
• Jesus commands – “Little prayer shawl – ARISE!”

Someone had the faith to call Jesus!
• Someone whose heart had been crushed by his daughter’s severe illness, he called Jesus
Matthew 12:20–21
20 A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory;
21 And His Name will be the hope of all the world.”

42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.
• were completely astonished (from existēmi, lit., “out of their minds with great amazement”; cf. 2:12; 6:51).

• Praise causes us to rise to see Jesus as He is.
• Praise sooths, consoles the labored heart
• Praise lifts people to the throne room of the Lord.
Isaiah 61.3 Garments of Praise