A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall 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. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.
Food for Thought:
The writer talks about a peaceable kingdom in this passage. The other day we were listening to NPR in the car with our kids. The announcer was talking about an area that was worn torn and that 5 people had been killed. My 5 year -old (add hyphen) daughter perked up when she heard this. Why were those people killed? My husband and I talked about how in some countries they are constantly fighting and sometimes people die. Her 5 year old self said I bet those people didn’t want to get killed. Wow, out of the mouths of babes. I responded, No, honey they didn’t(enclose in quotes?). I often times think about what it’s like to live in a place constantly at war. I am thankful that I live in a place where I don’t fear for my everyday safety. I am thankful that my child is not growing up in a war torn country. Today, I would like you to lift up in prayer all those who are living in those places and pray especially for peace.
God of peace, clear a holy space where hurt and destruction have no place, and a little child holds sway. Clear our lives of hatred and despair, sow seeds of joy and peace, that shoots of hope may spring forth and we may live in harmony with one another. In your holy name we pray, Amen.