Week Ending Sunday, December 8, 2019
Second Sunday in Advent coming to those who wait.
May the Spirit of the Lord Rest on You.
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.
The entire scripture for this week will be Isaiah 11:1-10 but I place focus on the first three verses of Chapter 11.
“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;” So, Jesse being the earthly father of David, is defined here as ‘there will come a presence descended from the House of Jesse, or the House of David,’ and “a Branch will bear fruit”.
A descendant comes from the House of David; “the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him”. He will be favored by God among men. “The Spirit of the Lord rests on him”. What must it be like to have the Spirit of God resting on you? People say this phrase as though it is a given that if you believe in him you have the “Spirit of God” in you, on you, throughout you. I do not deny anyone this thought but I believe we are talking a whole different level of ‘Godness’ in this particular scripture. I believe “the Spirit of God resting on him is the totalness that makes the Christ, the Messiah, the Chosen One. In this statement and fact, he is One with God.
We go on: The Holy Spirit is in him; he will have God’s wisdom and understanding; he will be a great teacher and mentor and he will have the power of God in his reach; he will be all-knowing in the love of God; he will praise God like no other and he will bask in the warmth of God’s love. These are the words that define the Coming as told by Isaiah. As a point of reference, keep in mind that Isaiah lived over 700 years before the birth of Jesus.
Was he telling of the Coming of the Christ? Perhaps, let's say, yes, most likely. Was he telling of the Coming of Jesus, as the Christ? Only God and Isaiah, Christ, the Holy Spirit and the population of heaven know that answer. However, I will say that in the reading of this scripture, I cannot see it any other way than the telling of the Coming of the Lord.
Something Christmas, this Way comes: Stay the Way.
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