In my last post, I worked through a text from Romans 15. Within that text was a quote from Isaiah 11, about Jesus being born out of the long dormant line of King David. For the last three days now, I’ve been reading through this chapter of Isaiah. In it we find a beautiful picture of a return to Eden, a re-raveling of all that unraveled in the fall of man. The text begins with a promise that, in Christ’s birth, there will be much fruit — and then continues on to paint a portrait of these fruits. I want to let it stand on its own. But please pay attention to some of these key ideas:
- the Spirit’s role
- peaceful coexistence
- harmony in all the world
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD –
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;
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.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
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.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the hole of the cobra,
and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.
Notice that in this time the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord. The knowledge of the Lord. That’s because the earth is already full of the Lord himself. But Eden isn’t birthed again, the kingdom doesn’t exist in its fullness… until all people in the earth know and recognize that Jesus is Lord.
Praise God the Father for sending his Son, and for, through him, redeeming an imperfect world in order to establish his perfect kingdom. May he be praised.