Today is the first day of Advent, and a special time to focus on what Christmas really means. I’m posting devotional prep that I did for my kids. We’ll be lighting a candle during dinner, to represent the one true light and HOPE coming into the world…Jesus Christ!
These are by far some of the most beautiful verses in all the Bible foretelling the coming of Christ and His ministry from Isaiah 11.
“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
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 the fear of the LORD.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
From a humble family tree, the Messiah would come. This One was both anointed and appointed by the Spirit of God. He would show us what true, Spirit led, perfect wisdom, understanding, counsel and strength looked like. He’d show us perfect obedience–a life that truly feared God. He always did the will of His father, never trying to do more or less than was ordained.
He wouldn’t judge men by the sight of eyes, as He is no respecter of persons, fooled by outward shows and hypocrisy. He is not fooled by appearances, but sees into the heart to the integrity or lack thereof of a man or woman.
He wouldn’t judge by the hearing of ears. Men will often overly praise or gossip and malign another man, but these rumors and representations are not how God judges you.
He judges with righteousness the poor and meek, or the lowest of society. Righteousness and faithfulness will reign, and peace like we’ve never known will come. Those, who were once stubborn and headstrong will be compliant and teachable, so much so that a little child could teach them.”
Later on in the chapter, Isaiah talks about God enlarging His kingdom to the Gentiles. Amazing grace!
And what should be our response to all of this goodness towards us?
“The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee, but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.”
When we truly understand and know God,
we won’t be enthralled by lesser lights,
things that distract us, that promise happiness but remain elusive,
even the sun and moon will be nothing when we truly treasure all that God is and all that we are in Him.
God will be an everlasting light to us, and we’ll GLORY in our God.