Read Isaiah 11:1-9

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,

 and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him,

the spirit of wisdom and understanding,

the spirit of counsel and might,

 the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear;

but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,

and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;

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 around his waist,

and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

The wolf shall live with the lamb,

the leopard shall lie down with the kid,

the calf and the lion and the fatling 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 asp,

 and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.

They will not hurt 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.


  From Rev. Jayne Chafin, Parkersburg, WV

            I am a visual learner.  I have to see things in picture or word before they make sense to me.  So, I guess it’s no surprise that this passage from Isaiah, with all of its word-pictures, is one of my favorites.  In these nine verses comes the hope of the one to come, what his ministry and teaching will be about, and how all of God’s creation will live together in love and peace.  Nine short verses that make me slow down in this often hectic season and look, and wonder at what God can do.  

            What a wonderful hope for us, that “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord.”  Thanks be to God!

Make me aware of the wonder of your coming, O God, and help me to see anew your vision for a new creation.


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