Isaiah 11:1-10, November 30, 2021

Reading:  On that day,
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A Spirit of counsel and of strength,
a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.

On that day,
The root of Jesse,
set up as a signal for the nations,
The Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.

Reflection:  This scripture passage portrays Judah as a forest completely burned and destroyed by the Assyrians who had invaded them.  What is left is a stump among the ruins.  The stump is symbolic of Jesse, the father of David from whom all Judean kings came forth.  Indicating the dynasty will not die out because the image of the shoot coming from the stump; Isaiah notes this is a hopeful picture: from his roots a bud shall blossom.    Christians reading this passage with added revelation of the New Testament understand Isaiah’s prophecy of a perfect king was fulfilled in Christ.  Since he completed it, Jesus was the final line in the Davidic kingship. As Christians we are invited to reflect on the incredible gift God gave us in Jesus Christ.      Jesus’ kingship is ruled with the gifts of peace, love, hope, and joy; gifts we are called to embrace and live out in our daily lives as followers of Christ.