This year I've started a bible reading program, a very simple one, that includes reading 4 chapters a day. With no particular place to start, I went to Isaiah and began the adventure there. Immediately verses started popping out at me like they'd never done before, so I had to start making a daily list of the verses God showed me to take extra notice of.
This evening's reading led me into Isaiah 11. Oh how this spoke to my heart!
Isaiah 1:1--And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
|Isa 11:2||And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;|
|Isa 11:3||And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:|
|Isa 11:4||But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.|
|Isa 11:5||And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.|
|Isa 11:6||¶||The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.|
|Isa 11:7||And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.|
|Isa 11:8||And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.|
|Isa 11:9||They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.|
|Isa 11:10||¶||And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.|
|Isa 11:11||¶||And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.|
|Isa 11:12||And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.|
|Isa 11:13||The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.|
|Isa 11:14||But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.|
|Isa 11:15||And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make [men] go over dryshod.|
|Isa 11:16||And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.|
(verses from Blue Letter Bible)
Isn't this chapter so encouraging?? Read it again, and see how the Lord will bring peace. His breath will slay wicked people. No more sin! No more anger, hurt, tears, fears, all the bad things we experience now. He will be righteous and faithful!
See how the animals act in the time to come. The wolf and the lamb lay by each other. If you've ever seen wolves, they don't usually lay by a lamb. I've raised wolves in my younger years prior to my son's birth, and lambs were something the pack would salivate over...lambs, deer, you name it. A wolf in the wild absolutely would not be friendly to a lamb. With Jesus ruling and all sin taken away, the lion will eat straw with the ox. The cute little gray tabby cat will not look at the goldfish as a sushi dinner. The dog will not chase the cat. The parakeet will be safe from the four legged friends. If you've ever seen National Geographic, you know this doesn't happen right now. There'll be no need for bloodshed and eating of other animals. The calf and the young lion will not be enemies engaging in a predator/prey relationship, they'll be friendly to one another. They'll be docile to where a child can be with them.
Children will have no fear in playing. There will be no fear of the asp and the cockatrice. The asp is a very deadly. The cockatrice, according to my study bible notations, is also a snake. Neither is something we'd right now want our children around, let alone playing with or putting hands in their dens! But with the Lord reigning and ruling, they will be docile. It'll be safe to go fishing and not worry about the rattlesnake! The chiggers will no longer look at us as lunch! Can I hear an Amen???!!???
The Lord will rule and the world will be without sin and hurt, we will be able to worship Him and not have the persecutions and trials that come now, whether soft or severe. He will be with us, we will be with Him, and nothing will take us away. Israel (Ephraim) will be restored and they will know the Messiah.
I found this such an encouragement....knowing that soon Jesus WILL rule and reign on His rightful throne. It's been foretold back in Isaiah's days, and it's been a long while waiting, but only a few moments in God's eyes.
Hallaluiah Christ WILL rule and reign and nothing the devil or any earthly rulers can stop Him!
Joyfully shared with:
Far Above Rubies
Time Warp Wife
The Modest Mom
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