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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Inspired by . . . the Hope of His Coming Vol. 3

 

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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.
The 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,
and find pleasure in obeying him. He will not judge by appearance or hearsay;
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.
He will rule his people with justice and integrity.
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. Isaiah 11:1-6

 

 

One could write long and deep about the prophecy contained in these six verses. Like many OT scriptures that proclaim the Messiah, Isaiah 11:1-6 is fulfilled in three parts. There was an immediate fulfillment, a representation, in the government of Hezekiah. There was a future fulfillment in the 1st coming of Christ. Jesus, the Spirit of the Lord dwelt within Him without measure. He judged the poor fairly and defended the rights of the helpless.

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has chosen Me to bring good news to the poor.

He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed
and announce that the time has come when the Lord will save His people." 
Luke 4:18-19

The rest of the verse speaks of a future fulfillment, which will take place when our Lord returns. The 2nd coming of Jesus.

And a child will lead them. The beasts of the field and the domestic animals will lie together and be cared for by a child. What a beautiful picture of peace we have here, my friend. Does not your heart long for it?  Mine does.

But did you read what comes first? Before the peace between animals and the tender care of the child?

 

At his command the people will be punished, and evil persons will die.
He will rule his people with justice and integrity.

 

We like to skip over this part, don’t we? But the truth is, my friend, many of us are not ready to lie down with our enemies. We say we want peace, but how far out of our comfort zone are we willing to go to make it happen? I’m ashamed to say it, but I don’t go very far.

We live in a world where darkness covers the hearts of men. Some say the world has always been like this, that we’ve always had wars and rumors of wars. And perhaps that is so, but I sense a quickening. Do you sense it, too? The evil seems . . . bolder, somehow. Less in the shadows. As if it’s time is short. I look around at what is happening in the world, and I look at myself, my own sin, and I’m amazed that He continues to save. He continues to pour out His grace and mercy on our lives.

 

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But that is the Hope of Christmas.

That He would come as a tender branch. A harmless, defenseless babe.

That He would come to dwell among us.

And save us.

 

Blessings,

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3 comments:

  1. It's interesting how even leaders in the church tend to avoid parts of the Bible like this that don't "tickle the ears" of their flocks. Truth has tried to be redefined in this modern society to mean what is truth to each individual... Too bad for them that's not the way it works... Trying to change the Truth of God and His word is simply being "willfully ignorant". Good lesson and reminder this season, sister.

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  2. 'come thou long expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free ...'

    that old carol comes to mind as I stop in to visit today. thanks, June, for always pointing us back to Him.

    sabbath's brightest blessings to you, friend ...

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  3. Actually, Floyd's comment is actually better than mine as I'd try to share. Thank you so much. Made me thinking hard, as usual, and tuning my heart, touring my spirit... all to our Lord. That's all that counts forever.

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