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Jesse Tree day 14

“See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
and its people a joy.
I will rejoice over Jerusalem
and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
will be heard in it no more.
“Never again will there be in it
an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not live out his years;
the one who dies at a hundred
will be thought a mere child;
the one who fails to reach a hundred
will be considered accursed.
They will build houses and dwell in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
No longer will they build houses and others live in them,
or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree,
so will be the days of my people;
my chosen ones will long enjoy
the work of their hands.
They will not labor in vain,
nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord,
they and their descendants with them.

Before they call I will answer;
while they are still speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord. -Isaiah 65:7-25

This passage is very similar to the passage we looked at yesterday in Isaiah about the stump of Jesse. Isaiah here is clearly describing a scene that even we are currently waiting for. A day to come, one of life without sickness, no more injustice, or fear.

I think that zoos have ruined us. They have made it so that we don’t understand truly how animals in the wild behave. In particular I am thinking of the lion. Most of the time when we visit the lions, we can barely see them, and usually they are sleeping. The seems like gentle giant cats, wasting the day away hidden. It’s hard to imagine these beasts as the king of the animals. They have a majestic look about them, but other than the giant claws and sharp teeth, it’s easy to think of them as giants kitties.

I remember many years ago visiting a small zoo (long before we had kids). It was a small “we bought a zoo” type, owned by a family who locally operated it. We were there that day at the same time as a school group of kids. The nice draw to these kind of zoos is that most of the enclosures are small and close. I remember the kids were all gathered near the lions and were screaming and taunting the lions. For the most part, the lions seemed to barely notice. After the crowd moved on, we can closer to see them. After a short while they began to roar and “bark”. It was power and loud. There was no doubt they were angry and fierce.

Of course thanks to Animal Planet and National Geographic we know how strong these animals really are. They prey on the weak. Although lions have great strength, they use the weaknesses of their prey. Lions have been used as mascots for nearly every mighty nation. Ferocious and terrible.

These verses in Isaiah describe the wolf and the lamb eating together, but it also describes the lion as one that will eat straw like an ox. No longer will animals kill and devour other animals. Could this possibly be how creation was intended before the fall?

IMG_6771For the reader it is a promise of peace to come. One day all will be restored. This past year has been one of those years that you want to ask God why? Why is there cancer that rips loved ones from us? Why do people who live holy lives have to pass in the middle of the night? Why are children taken from us before they ever have a chance to fully live? Why does it seems that unrighteous people get all they want, but other struggle everyday to scrape by? Why are children abused and shaken? Why, God, why?

and then we sit in silence to our unanswered questions.

I think this passage speaks a message of hope to some of those questions. It doesn’t tell us the answer of why (although I don’t think that would make any difference to know why), but it tells us that there is a bigger plan.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. -Romans 8:18-22

The lion will lay down with the lamb. It’s a symbol of the new creation. When Christ returns and all have passed through the final judgement, God will create a new place and finally all will be restored. There will be no more suffering

Family Devotion:

gather pictures of places you will want to visit one day, pictures of space, unique vacations spots. Bible and ornament

Read the passage in Isaiah. Explain that context that this is describing. One day everything in creation will be made new. Talk about what heaven may be like, as described in Revelation 21. We don’t know exactly what we will be doing or how things will look, but we do know what it won’t be like. Pray thanking God for Jesus and pray for others, family and friends, that don’t know him as Savior.

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