Day Three: Stem of Jesse

Isaiah 11:1-10 says, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:” “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;” “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:” “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.” “And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.”

In order for trees to survive, they have to have deep and healthy roots. In the same way as trees, we have to have deep and healthy roots in Jesus. When we are rooted deeply in Jesus, we will be able to grow spiritually every day, making us go deeper in our walks with Jesus. If we are rooted in Jesus, then He will rest His spirit upon us, allowing us to see things through the spirit and deal with situations and people the way Jesus would see fit.

Our understanding and judgement should always be in the spirit of the Lord. When we allow our lives to be centered on Jesus and His ways, we will be able to grow daily for Him. When we live our lives in the spirit, instead of in our flesh, we will be able to live our lives pleasing to our Savior. Jesus was sent to us in the form of a man to show us that it is possible to always be living in the spirit.

When Jesus walked the earth, He never walked in the flesh and gave into the sins of this world. By His footsteps, we are able to follow the same path of righteousness today. With the birth of Jesus, righteous living was born.

“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.” “And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.” “And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.” “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.”

I know that these sets of scriptures can be confusing to read at first. If you read scriptures 6-9 as if you were reading a poem for school, I believe you will be able to understand it better. What these scriptures are teaching us is that one day, our earth is going to be at peace and it won’t be because of man. The peace that will come one day will be because of our Lord Jesus. After the tribulation period is complete and the new earth has been formed, we will discover a peace like never before. There will be no more dying, killings, sickness, or pain to take hold of any of us or our families when the new earth is formed. The earth will recognize that it belongs to the One who created it and we will all be at peace among ourselves.

“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.”

We know that our lives must be rooted in Jesus in order for us to grow in Him and know Him more. God allowed for His Son to be born to the Virgin Mary, for us to one day be saved and have hope in an eternal life spent in Heaven. Jesus was born to give us a life worth living and we should all be thankful for that today.

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