“Instead of your [former] shame you shall have a twofold recompense; instead of dishonor and reproach [your people] shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy shall be theirs.” Isaiah 61:7 ->me: Shame goes beyond feeling embarrassment; it is reaping shame, disappointment of hope, exposure as fraudulent. So, my former shame is that shame from operating outside the will of God and knowing it. Jesus (the one speaking here) is saying that we will get 2 fold recompense (double portion) for our shame – not only negated – but doubled up mercy, grace, and forgiveness…when I think of this I am so thankful for God’s overwhelming love to do this for me. Additionally, ‘double portion’ was also something to do with being the first born. The first born of the family would get a double portion (what Jacob stole from Esau). God sees those who come to Him as His first and best. My shame is not only reversed but renewed on top of that. What an honor to be so blessed by my heavenly Father – and this is for today; I cannot imagine the feeling I will have when He returns and gives me the rest first hand…an everlasting joy indeed.