Supernatural in Origin, Eternal in duration, Infinite in scope, Personal in application, universal in interest. This is the Word of God.
Where In the Bible?
The anchor verse is from Isaiah 61 which is also the same chapter that Jesus Christ quoted the first three verses in (Luke 4: 17 -21) to proclaim He was the fulfillment of that scripture and this marked the beginning of his ministry. From Isaiah 4 – 11 God reaffirms His covenant with Israel. Within this context, does Isaiah 61:7 apply to those under the New Covenant?
Lessons from the Bible.
The example widely used to prove this principle is from Job. The Bible tells us that Job received double of all the property he had lost (Job 1:13 – 19) from 7,000 sheep to 14,000 sheep, 3,000 camels to 6,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen to 1,000 yoke of oxen and 500 female donkeys to 1,000 female donkeys. (Job 1:2 – 3; 42:10 – 15) His 10 children were restored and his daughters were the fairest in all the land.
The story of Deborah (Judges 4-5) also shows this promise at work. Jabin King of Canaan had oppressed the children of Israel for 20 years (Judges4:3) God used nature (Judges 5:19 -23) to fight against the Canaanites. Their General Sisera was also famously slain by a woman (Judges 4:21). After this victory, the land had rest for 40 years (Judges 5:31).
In the Old Covenant, from the Mosaic Law (Exodus 22:4 – 9), double compensation for loss was a well-established principle and it was applied to theft cases.
God had put a hedge of protection around everything that belonged to Job (Job 1:10) and at no point did God remove it. It was Job’s fear (Job 3:25) that broke the hedge (Ecclesiastes 10:8) and gave access to Satan.
People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; He may have to give up all the substance of his house.
— Proverbs 6:30 - 31
A more recent compensation teaching is Proverbs 6:31 which is similar to a revelation Jesus gave on how demons operate when they are cast out Mathew 12:43-45, “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
Apart from this being an established Biblical pattern (Genesis 4:15, 24; Leviticus 26:18, 21, 24, 28; Deuteronomy 28:7,25; Daniel 3:19; Psalm 79:12) the only Bible example for seven-fold compensation was Abraham who had seven sons (Genesis 25:2) after Ishmael who was born after the flesh.
What about those under the New Covenant?
It is important to emphasize that the misfortunes that befell Job are the current tactics that the devil uses to attack Christians as revealed by Jesus in John 10:10a. The last part belongs to the New Covenant Christian.
The word ‘abundant’ from the Greek is perisson, which means “extraordinary, superfluous, in surplus, overflowing, surpassing.” Abundance as defined by God is more than possessions. It means provision for everything that you require to fulfill God’s purpose for your life. (Matthew 6:33; 2 Corinthians 9:8: Ephesians 3:20; Philippians 4:19)
This life is for those who receive him (1 John 5:11 -12), it is the same life that caused Jesus Christ to overcome this world and function to his full potential. It’s a life of dominion, victory, success and excellence.
At the end of the day, Christians should remember that we were never meant to live a life of judgment or limitation. We are blessed with enriched lives for we serve an extravagant God, whose resources will never run out.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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