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Jesse Tree day 13

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
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—
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;
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.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
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.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
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.
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. In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean. -Isaiah 11:1-11

Isaiah was one of the prophets during the times of the kings. I’ve mentioned before that I teach kids at our church. When going through the times of the kings, I point out the prophets and how their job was to tell the people (or king) “The Lord says….” Sometimes the message is positive, like “I will be with you, I am pleased with what you are doing, don’t give up”, etc. Most of the time the message is “you sicken me, I warned you not to act like this, why don’t you listen?! destruction is coming.” It’s the latter messages that God gets a bad rap for being judgmental in the Old Testament.

This was Isaiah’s job, to be the mouth piece for God to the kings and the people. He served the kings of the Southern (Judah) kingdom from the time of King Uzziah through Hezekiah. Some of these were good kings, others not so much. A king was considered good with one standard, did he only worship and follow the commands of God, I AM.

Something to keep in mind when reading the prophecy writings is that they are not written chronologically. This passage (chapter 11) was most likely written after the fall of the Northern kingdom from the Assyrians. The towns and land had been destroyed by warfare. Everything lie in waste, great cities fallen, bodies scattered, forests cleared for battle. It was a time of desperation.

Although Judah seemed safe from harm, it could easily (and eventually would be) their own fate. In my mind I can imagine smoked still rising from the cities being burned and destroyed. There is little movement on the grounds, only broken people trying to gather what little remains. A once mighty nation toppled to the ground. It seems that God’s people have been wiped off the face of the once promised land.

Stump of Jesse

And then the prophecy of the stump…..

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

…a glimmer of hope.

I can picture Isaiah walking across the empty battlefield, heart-broken, wondering what will happen to the Chosen People.  The once bountiful lands cleared to nothing but stumps and dirt. But then, he comes to a stump. Although it seems dead, there is a branch coming out. A sign of hope.

This Root of Jesse is a king to come from the line of David. He will be unlike any king before him. He will have knowledge and insight, counsel and might, and above all fear of the Lord. He will be known for his righteousness and faithfulness. He will one day bring peace to earth. We know that Jesus fulfills this prophecy. I must point out, that at his return will complete it. At the final judgement will begin the time when all that was made wrong will be right again. The creation of the new heaven and new Earth, all will be fulfilled and satisfied.

Jesse Tree day 13

Family Devotion:

Gather a small glass container (could even be a recycled jar), soil, wheat seed or other fast growing seed, Bible and ornament.

Read together the passage above. Talk about what a tree stump is like. When Isaiah saw the branch growing from the stump, he realized this was a reminder. It was a promise that God would one day send another king from Israel. This king would be very different that the other kings. The king was Jesus. He never acted like a king, but he came for a different reason. Pray together, thanking God for hope. Work together to plant the grass seed. Place dirt in the container first, place the seed on top, and sprinkle. Keep the seeds damp, adding sprinkles everyday until they sprout, then keep dirt moist.

Wheat seed sprouting

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