Daily email Number 398 – from the Vicar

Our Bible passage today is Isaiah Chapter 11 verses 1 to 9.
Here is the last of the passages in the early part of the book pointing ahead to the coming of the Messiah and the dawning of the Messianic age.
Jesse is the father of David, so in verse 1 it is saying that out of the remnant or stump of God’s people and a particular tribe or family, will come a new shoot of hope that will bear fruit, who is a real person.
Verses 2 and 3 are a wonderful description of what this person is like, and are perfectly fulfilled in the person of the Lord Jesus, as we read about Him in the Gospels, in His relationship with His heavenly Father and in His dealings with other people.
Verses 4 and 5 are slightly more steely in nature, and show the priorities of this coming figure, which again we see in the person of Jesus.  Some of the more aggressive or battle-like features we can see in Jesus overcoming sickness and casting out evil spirits, or even challenging false authority; but I think the final fulfilment of these verses is to be found when Jesus returns.
And then verses 6 to 9 give us a delightful picture of nature at peace with each other, of animals who were hunter or hunted now lying down next to each other, and even little children will be unharmed as they play with formerly ferocious animals.  This is a long way from “nature red in tooth and claw”.   As we haven’t seen this yet, I take this to be a picture of the new heavens and the new earth, which will be ushered in when Jesus returns.  What a wonderful thing to look forward to!
More of this picture of hope and fulfilment tomorrow…
In our cycle of prayer, let us remember in our prayers today,- Terry and Dawn- Mary, Sharon’s Mum

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