The Root of Jesse, Day 4

“The Root of Jesse, Day 4”
Isaiah 11:5
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide, 

But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide fairly for the land’s afflicted.

He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.

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The Root of Jesse, Day 3

“The Root of Jesse, Day 3”
Isaiah 11:2b-3a
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

A spirit of counsel and of strength,
a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord,

and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:2b-3a

Counsel

The Hebrew word etsah (counsel, advice, guidance) is cognate with etsah (trees), from the parent root ets (tree, trees, wood).… Read the rest

The Root of Jesse, Day 1

“The Root of Jesse, Day 1”
Isaiah 11:1
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.

Isaiah 11:1

Decay of the Davidic Dynasty

Over three hundred years after the reign of King David, his dynasty had decayed to a stump.… Read the rest

Marana tha!

“Marana tha!”
A reflection on 1 Corinthians 16:22 and Revelation 22:20
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed. Marana tha.

1 Corinthians 16:22

The one who gives this testimony says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”Read the rest

Saint Andrew, Apostle

“The Call of the First Disciples”
Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle
Matthew 4:18-22 “in a snailshell”
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He

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The Mountain of the Lord, Day 3

“The Mountain of the Lord, Day 3”
Isaiah 2:4b
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

He shall judge between the nations,
and set terms for many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
One nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.

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