1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch
will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of
wisdom and of understanding,the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit
of the knowledge and fear of the LORD—3 and he will delight in the fear
of the LORD.He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide
by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the
needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips
he will slay the wicked. 5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness
the sash around his waist.6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard
will lie down with the goat,the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.7 The cow will feed with the bear, their
young will lie down together,and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put
its hand into the viper’s nest.9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all
my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the
LORD as the waters cover the sea.
1.Read the passage slowly, noting how natural enemies are coexisting
side by side (wolf and lamb, cow and bear, young child and serpent).
This passage gives us a vivid picture of the kingdom of God
as it will exist in the future. What a different place it will be!
2.With this image in mind, consider the following:
What would you like best about such a peaceable world – filled with
the knowledge of the Lord? What feelings would be present for
these creatures to exist this way? Name your own enemies and
imagine them standing beside you, with you, for you. What will
that be like for you?
Who might perceive you as an enemy or a threat? How can you become
at peace with them?
3.Share with God how you feel about such a peaceable world and
what you think such a world would show you about God.
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.