The Spirit Poured upon Us

“This Spirit is poured out from the height of heaven (cf. 24:21), and in a prover­bial manner similar to that employed in 29:17 Isaiah represents the change that is wrought. Just as God had poured out a spirit of deep sleep ‘upon you’ so now He pours out His Spirit ‘upon us,’ and we therefore receive the blessings that he brings.” (E. J. Young, The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 2, page 399).

“In contrast to the land’s unfruitful con­dition (Isa. 32:10–14), in the future the Spirit will come upon Israel and create abundant fertility (v. 15). However, this fertility appears to go beyond mere material abundance to include spiritual fecundity. Not only will the Spirit cre­ate literal plants, crops, and trees in the field, but also the Spirit will pro­duce spiritual fruits in the fields: ‘Jus­tice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness will abide in the fertile field’ (v. 16).” (G. K. Beale, A New Testament Biblical The­ology, p. 575).

The next 101 Bible Study, meeting Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Astoria area, focuses on Isaiah 32–33. Call 971/238-6101 for location.

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