Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Isaiah 11:1-9 NLT

[1] Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot— yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.

[2] And the Spirit of the LORD will 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.

[3] He will delight in obeying the LORD. He will not judge by appearance nor make a decision based on hearsay.

[4] He will give justice to the poor and make fair decisions for the exploited. The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked.

[5] He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment.

[6] In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all.

[7] The cow will graze near the bear. The cub and the calf will lie down together. The lion will eat hay like a cow.

[8] The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm.

[9] Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the LORD.

Reflection . . .

Out of the descendants of King David would come a King, a Saviour, a Righteous One, who would be filled with the Spirit of the Lord. That descendant was Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us!

The description here of the animals getting along in peace is a description of the kind of kingdom He would bring — a Kingdom of Peace!

He would also bring people back to the Lord. The earth would be filled with people who know the Lord! The fulfillment of this prophecy began with the coming of Jesus Christ and will be completed with the second coming of Jesus Christ.

His Kingdom is a kingdom of Peace, Love, Justice, and Righteousness! It’s a spiritual kingdom, not a physical one, at least not yet! We have a wonderful hope, a great expectation of Christ’s return and the establishment of His kingdom, a physical and tangible reality. We wait in expectation, we wait for time to be fulfilled, for God’s timing, not ours.

As we wait for Christ’s coming and during this Advent season, let’s pray that the Lord will use us for His purposes in communicating and living out His kingdom of Peace, Love, Justice, and Righteousness in this life so that others may see Jesus.