Friday: December 6                                    

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, 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.

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 Rodney Hubbs, First Christian Church, McMechen

            The prophet Isaiah is foretelling of the birth of our Lord and Savior.  Our Lord was a teacher among many other things.  Can you think of anything more humble than actually being born in a stable.  His very birth is teaching us humility.  He came into this world a teacher, and he continued throughout his life.

Isaiah tells how he will judge us.   He will not look at what is on the outside, nor will he listen to everything he hears about us.   I have said for many years that God is looking at what is in our heart.  I firmly believe that our relationship with God is a one on one relationship with him.

The prophet gives us an insight of what heaven must be like.  Can you imagine the lion, the bear, and the leopard lying down with the domesticated animals?   We cannot believe that a little child can be around cobras and no harm come to it.   How wonderful!

The question is, why do people today change so much at this time of year?   They seem to be friendlier, to want to act more forgiving and understanding…until the 26th of December. Then it is back to their old ways, of thinking only of themselves.  Why is this?

What can we do to make the world have a caring and loving attitude all year round?  Isaiah answers in verse 9, “for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord.”  Our goal as Christians is to teach the world the Good News.   We need to live our lives so that there will be no question that we are Christians year round.

All glorious God, we ask for your guidance each and every day

to us have that wonderful Christmas attitude year round.

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