Isaiah 11: 1-10
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jessie; from his roots a branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him–the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power; the Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord–and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, and justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness will be his sash around his waist.
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down will the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the vipers nest. They will neither harm or destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
In that day the Root of Jessie will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.
Isaiah speaks to God’s people of all ages–past, present and future a message of salvation and hope for all that will receive salvation and repentance from sins. God promised his people a redeemer that was to come from the bloodline of Jesse–Jesus the Messiah. Here God gives his faithful remnant encouragement and hope of the future kingdom where Christ will reign in peace and righteousness.
Father thank you for the glorious day when Christ will rule the earth in all peace and righteousness. Thank you that all sin and sickness will be destroyed. Help us to receive this hope possible to all who believe the way of salvation through your Son, Jesus the Christ. Come, Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name we ask, amen.