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September 11, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 11 (ESV)

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..
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  1. 1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
    and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
    2 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.
    3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord

  2. Continuing from chapter 10 where Isaiah concludes with the provision God would make for the remnant of His people who do not need to fear Assyria, here in Chapter 11 that provision is extended and focused on an individual. It clearly is referring to Jesus in the far future, but could there be a closer reference as well? If it is just Jesus, it shows how long God’s perspective is in dealing with situations on the earth. He can point to a future hope that should sustain us today even if we are not the ones to experience it, because God’s plans are long term as well as short term. As God’s revelation to Isaiah moves on to describe the level of peace that will be established by this root of Jesse, is He being symbolic and using hyperbole to describe a more present fulfillment for the Jews, or for a description of Jesus’ first coming, or is God taking a further leap future to the millennial reign of Christ? I believe the later because it is the only time that this level of peace will be accomplished, the power of God will completely transform the way the world works. My only hesitancy in saying that is that Isaiah seems to return to a more current setting for God gathering the remnant back to Israel. And yet the descriptions at the end of the chapter could also reference the millennial reign of Christ as well and not a more current setting to Isaiah’s time. It is also not unlike prophecy to go back and forth from current situations, to future situations and then to far future situations. And yet all those things are shared to give the Jews (and us) hope in our present circumstances.

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