In his delivery of the difficult message to God’s chosen people, Isaiah never seems to give a tough decree without the follow of great hope. Isaiah had just finished describing the enslavement of the people to Assyria and to Egypt he also talked of the return of the remnant anf the destruction of Israel’s captors. Then, from that, Isaiah stops and begins a description of the shoot from the branch of Jesse that restores and brings peace.
In Isaiah’s description, The one that will restore will do so with peace, wisdom, and understanding. There will be no need to raise a sword because he will unify and protect His own. He will bring peace accross all nations and will rule with wisdom and not with might. Sadly, the description is not the description of most rulers. The Messiah was not sent to be a mighty tyrant or warrior king, He was sent to seek and to save that which was lost.
Looking back at the coming of the Lord, He truly divided time and taught peace and unity. He changed the world by reminding us that to be first–one must get to the back of the line. The great should act with the most humility, and the leaders should be the most selfless servants.
Then and now, His people are to be the ones to lead the nations to a right knowledge of God and draw them to God not push them away. Make no mistake, God is all knowing and all powerful. He brings up nations and then takes them down. He allows men the ability to destroy themselves–but desires most to restore and unify them. Jesus, the shoot of Jesse, waits to be the change agent; if we will simply trust and follow Him. Let’s Pray for revival for ourselves, our families, and our nation.
God Bless You
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 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 Lord—
3 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;
4 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.
5 Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together;
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
9 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.
10 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.