Isaiah 11:1-10

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,
     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.

On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples;
the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

 From Rev. Jayne Chafin, First Christian Church, New Martinsville:

  This has always been one of my favorite scriptures, Advent or not.  Maybe it’s because the paintings and sculptures are always so wonderful to see, from the fronts of cards we receive and send to the ornaments we hang on our trees of the lion and the lamb.

  So it has been a great delight for me every time I see (or hear it for that matter) the insurance commercial with the song “Summer’s Gone,” by Aberfildy.  You know, the one with all the different animals playing around a waterhole, clearly enjoying being together – birds, buffalo, lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes, meerkats floating on crocodiles – just a great time being had by all while in the background the song plays: “Well, we get along.  Yeah, we really do, and there’s nothing wrong, with what I feel for you.” 

“The spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD” shall rest on him, and “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”  What a great world!  What a great God we have who invites us over and over and over again to enter into His world and not be afraid. 

  This Advent, I pray that we will indeed see the world as God has meant it to be, and that we will “take the scary out of life,” by opening ourselves to the assurance of the coming of Christ into our world and into our lives.

May we find new hope, O God, in your promise of the peace that is to be.
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