Advent Day 8: Isaiah 11:1-10

December 10, 2022

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There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
    and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
    the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and might,
    the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
    or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
    and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and 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 of his waist,
    and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
    and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf 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 cobra,
    and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.
They shall not hurt or destroy
    in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea.

10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.


Gracious, merciful Father, hallowed be Thy Name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done oh Lord, on earth as it is in heaven. Thy Words today affirm Thy bountiful actions towards a rebellious people. Shall a people who have had Thy covenant deserve another covenant. Shall a people who have rejected Thy salvation deserve a Savior? Yet Thou Oh Lord, showeth Thy bountiful grace. In a world that only knew slavery to sin and misery, where foolishness, unrighteousness, and injustice reigned in their hearts and their dealings, Thou giveth us a deliverer, the branch of Jesse, the One upon whom Thy Spirit manifest Wisdom incarnate, Righteousness incarnate, Justice incarnate, and Peace incarnate.

Help me Oh Lord, in my unbelief. Help me to look forward to the complete fulfillment of Thy promise. Help me rejoice in the assurance that the promise has begun to be fulfilled in Thy first Advent oh Lord Jesus, Help me Oh Lord to long for Thy second Advent, and until then, seek and live out wisdom, righteousness, and justice until Thou cometh to fulfill it all.

Oh Jesus! Come!

In a world that only knew slavery to sin and misery, where foolishness, unrighteousness, and injustice reigned in their hearts and their dealings, Thou giveth us a deliverer, the branch of Jesse, the One upon whom Thy Spirit manifest Wisdom incarnate, Righteousness incarnate, Justice incarnate, and Peace incarnate.


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