14 day plan

Signposts to Christ from Isaiah

Day 3 of 14

Isaiah 11:1-2

The Peaceful Kingdom

1 The royal line of David is like a tree that has been cut down; but just as new branches sprout from a stump, so a new king will arise from among David's descendants.

2The spirit of the Lord will give him wisdom

and the knowledge and skill to rule his people.

He will know the Lord's will and honor him,

Reflection: The New Testament writers takes pains to show that Jesus was of the lineage of David (Matthew 1:1-17). Jesus is the new branch that shoots from the stump of David. While David had a heart for God, many of the rulers that followed him did not. King Ahaz, ruling at the time of Isaiah, was not following God. These words of Isaiah gave hope for a future king from David’s lineage who would truly follow God.  One of the characteristics of this coming ruler was their wisdom and knowledge. Even as a child, Jesus astounded others with his understanding (Luke 2:47). Isaiah identifies
the source of godly wisdom as the Holy Spirit. Wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8).

Question:  What do you think the wisdom of Jesus looked like in action? How might it look in us?

Prayer:  Lord, we thank you for the gift of wisdom from your Holy Spirit. We pray that we will look to you for wisdom in our lives and our communities..

Isaiah 11:1-16

The Peaceful Kingdom

1 The royal line of David is like a tree that has been cut down; but just as new branches sprout from a stump, so a new king will arise from among David's descendants.

2The spirit of the Lord will give him wisdom

and the knowledge and skill to rule his people.

He will know the Lord's will and honor him,

3and find pleasure in obeying him.

He will not judge by appearance or hearsay;

4 he will judge the poor fairly

and defend the rights of the helpless.

At his command the people will be punished,

and evil persons will die.

5 He will rule his people with justice and integrity.

6 Wolves and sheep will live together in peace,

and leopards will lie down with young goats.

Calves and lion cubs will feed together,

and little children will take care of them.

7Cows and bears will eat together,

and their calves and cubs will lie down in peace.

Lions will eat straw as cattle do.

8Even a baby will not be harmed

if it plays near a poisonous snake.

9 On Zion, God's sacred hill,

there will be nothing harmful or evil.

The land will be as full of knowledge of the Lord

as the seas are full of water.

The Exiled People Will Return

10 A day is coming when the new king from the royal line of David will be a symbol to the nations. They will gather in his royal city and give him honor. 11When that day comes, the Lord will once again use his power and bring back home those of his people who are left in Assyria and Egypt, in the lands of Pathros, Ethiopia, Elam, Babylonia, and Hamath, and in the coastlands and on the islands of the sea. 12The Lord will raise a signal flag to show the nations that he is gathering together again the scattered people of Israel and Judah and bringing them back from the four corners of the earth. 13The kingdom of Israel will not be jealous of Judah any more, and Judah will not be the enemy of Israel. 14Together they will attack the Philistines on the west and plunder the people who live to the east. They will conquer the people of Edom and Moab, and the people of Ammon will obey them. 15 The Lord will dry up the Gulf of Suez, and he will bring a hot wind to dry up the Euphrates, leaving only seven tiny streams, so that anyone can walk across. 16There will be a highway out of Assyria for those of his people Israel who have survived there, just as there was for their ancestors when they left Egypt.