“A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; 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 around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins.” (Isaiah 11:1-5)
Lineage. Ancestry. Heritage.
Who your family is and was, is important. Sons are called by their father’s name – ben Joseph was Jesus last name. Daughters are expected to bring honor to their family. But the family of Jesse, King David’s family, has lost status and stature since the time of King David. No longer rulers, but tradesman and workers, shepherds or whatever they turned their hand to. But the story of King David was not over. Not by a long shot, or shoot, as the case maybe.
But this was not due entirely to the lineage of Jesse. The Lord God also contributed to the rise again of Jesse’s family, as did the family of Mary who was found equally worthy. Do not count anyone or anything, because things change.
“The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Verses 6 – 9)
We can change too, beloved reader. What ever the course of our life, we can change it – for good or for worse. The Advent season, while a season of waiting, is also a season of change. We put up decorations and make preparations. What had been a scowl on one’s face changes to a smile. The “magic” of the season can work on young and old. Things change. Watch for the changes! Selah!
“On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.” (Verse 10)