Between God’s sending of Abram in Genesis 12, to the sending of His angel “to show what must soon take place” in Revelation 22, there are literally hundreds of examples of God as a sending God. Perhaps the most dramatic illustration of sending in the Old Testament is found in Isaiah 6. In this passage you catch a glimpse of God’s sending nature, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’” To which Isaiah responds, “Here I am! Send me” (6:8).
Later in the book of Isaiah there is a fascinating passage where the Prophet recognizes that God’s Spirit has anointed him to “preach good news to the poor” and that he is sent to “bind up the brokenhearted” (61:1). In the larger passage of Isaiah 61:1-3 it is interesting to note that there is no less than eight redemptive deeds that proceed from, or are dependent on the verb “sent” or “He has sent me.” To emphasize the centrality of the sending theme, the passage could be render this way: