Isaiah 61:1-3 – “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; 2 To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” NASU
In the interest of time and space let’s get right into the other examples mentioned in the last post.
1. EXODUS 16:5, 22-30 – – – Double Manna.
Each day for five normal week days they received their daily portion and if they gathered more it had worms and rotted! The issue was not the provision but TRUST. Every day they had to trust God not some contingency plan or nest egg. The sixth day was different because He wanted them to honor Him on the seventh so they gathered DOUBLE and it lasted two days.
Not to go off on a tangent but consider this prophetically. If one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and we have seen about 6,000 years in recorded human history could this be the time of DOUBLE PORTION? Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” so we are receiving ‘double bread, double strength’ through Jesus. (John 14:12).
2. JOEL 2:23-27 – – Double Rain.
Normally the early rain came at the beginning of the growing season to get the crops started, followed by a dry season and then the latter rain would come at the end of the season to ripen the crops for harvest. But God says “NOW the rain will come all at once and be a DOUBLE PORTION OF RAIN”. What does that mean? Double faithfulness and a double harvest! In verse 24 the floors are to be full of wheat, verse 25 God is restoring the years that were lost, and in verses 26-27 plenty to eat, praise abundant to the Lord, no more shame, and God’s presence in a most powerful way!
Hosea 6:1-3 declares that God will come to us as RAIN. This is the LIVING PRESENCE of Jesus in the midst of His people bringing a DOUBLE PORITON with DOUBLE FAITHFULNESS.
3. EXODUS 22:4 – – System of Retribution – – (Double).
This system kept crime at a very low rate in Israel when observed. If something was stolen the thief was forced to restore DOUBLE. I like it! God never says, “Grin and bear it. I know life is hard, so just tough it out!” NO, NO NO! He says, “DOUBLE, You get back double when you catch the thief!” Remember the thief is the devil and all he has stolen is being restored through Jesus!
I must again pause and pick this up next time but until then may God whet your appetite for DOUBLE BLESSING and be with you as you go through your day!