Isaiah 11:1-10

Key Verse:

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
    the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and might,
    the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

Reflection:

“Walk out into the dark holding the hand of God and it will be better than the light and safer than the known” (Ravi Zacharias).

I am a worrier. It seems the older I get the more I fear something happening to me or my husband or worse yet, my children or grandchildren. Watching the news sends shivers of anxiety down my spine.

Yet, in Isaiah 11 I am given a promise that the righteous branch has come to rescue His people bringing a safety and security so pervasive that the most vulnerable of all humanity, a nursing child will be able to play by the den of a cobra without harm.

Christ came and embodied all the attributes of the Spirit; wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge and awe. He walked this earth in human form, perfectly living the life that we are incapable of living. Delighting in the fear of the Lord He does not judge by appearances nor make decisions on the basis of speculation. Rather, He judges the poor and afflicted with compassion and fairness. His mouth utters godly wisdom that shatters and dispels the false beliefs and lies that come from our own wounded hearts or a cruel heartless world.

Because of the incarnation there will come a day when the wolf will lie down with the lamb. Injustice, abuse of power, death, all the perils of this realm will be abolished. The fierce and terrifying will be made so humble and meek that a child will lead them. The earth will be full of the knowledge of God and the elect from every nation will be gathered in to worship the root of Jesse in perfect peace and rest.

Lorraine Forman

Prayer:

Father, thank you for holding us by your right hand. Help us to place our trust in you, the only place where we can find peace and rest. Your loving kindness is so vast and perfect it seems too glorious and wonderful to believe. But, your Spirit testifies that you have blessed us with the first fruits of the Spirit so we can participate in the work of reclaiming and redeeming all creation.

1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
    and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
    the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and might,
    the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
    or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
    and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
    and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
    and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
    and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
    and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze;
    their young shall lie down together;
    and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
    and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
They shall not hurt or destroy
    in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea.

10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.

11 In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea.

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