Isaiah Chapter 11

For King James Version

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; 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 might,  the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lordand 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, with 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 the sash around his waist.

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with 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 cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.

They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious. In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.  He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.

Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish, and Judah’s enemies will be destroyed; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim. They will swoop down on the slopes of Philistia to the west;  together they will plunder the people to the east. They will subdue Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites will be subject to them.

The Lord will dry up the gulf of the Egyptian sea; with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand over the Euphrates River. He will break it up into seven streams so that anyone can cross over in sandals. There will be a highway for the remnant of his people that is left from Assyria, as there was for Israel when they came up from Egypt.

This chapter of Isaiah is different from the previous chapters isn’t it?  The previous chapters I noted were almost depressing in their judgement, and destruction~even though there were promises woven throughout.  But this chapter is full of promise and a vision of the reign of Messiah!

I love this chapter of Isaiah because of the clear picture of that “some day” so many long for.

In a world where lies and purposely misleading stories are spread in a supersonic version of Orwell’s 1984, where the poor are used as political pawns, where the masses seem to prefer the darkness to the light and people want any god other than the God who loves them, this verse should draw a sigh of longing and joy from any believer….

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, with 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 the sash around his waist.

In a world where a twisted justice somehow judges one group of people for sins of people 200 and more years ago, yet turn a blind eye to illegal behavior because you can’t judge a child for the sins of their parents is the reigning ‘justice’, and where those who make the laws ignore, find loopholes and even flagrantly break them for power and money is considered public ‘service’, I am so looking forward to this Branch, Messiah, Lord and King Jesus who will rule with a perfect righteous, wise and just justice.

Some day will be so wonderful to see everyone rallying to Him instead of using His precious and Holy Name as a cuss word.  And His Peace and Rest will be…. for the tired and weary in this world, I can’t even imagine what that will be like- but I so look forward to it, and Him.

This is such a promising chapter for the people of Israel who will finally know their Messiah Lives, and in the end they will see Him standing on the earth, and they will all be gathered to Him, as He wanted so much when He was lamenting over Jerusalem over 2000 years ago.   This is such a promising chapter for those of us who have been adopted into God’s family through Jesus and will be HOME!

So much could be said about this chapter, but I’m going to let it rest here now- and suggest that folks today just take some time to really meditate on the picture that these verses paint for us!

Song suggested for Isaiah 11, is a Christmas song, I’m including this link to the lyrics, because even though it’s a beloved Christmas hymn, not many of us know all of the words. That said, this is a different version, which I really like.  You guys have heard Sara Groves before when I’ve posted her music… she always makes a song unique, and what she does with It Came Upon a Midnight Clear is no exception. I hope y’all like it!

And one more because He is SO GREAT!!

Have a blessed and beautiful day all.

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