The Root of Jesse, Day 8

“The Root of Jesse, Day 8”
Isaiah 11:8
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

The baby shall play by the viper’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.

Isaiah 11:8

The cunning of the serpent, the primordial tempter, will be rendered innocuous by the infant Messiah born of a young woman (Isaiah 7:14).… Read the rest

The Root of Jesse, Day 7

“The Root of Jesse, Day 7”
Isaiah 11:7
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

The cow and the bear shall graze,
together their young shall lie down;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.

Isaiah 11:7

For Isaiah’s Hebrew audience, the image of a cow and a bear feeding together signified a new harmony transcending the division of “clean” and “unclean.”… Read the rest

The Root of Jesse, Day 6

“The Root of Jesse, Day 6”
Isaiah 11:6b
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.

Isaiah 11:6b

The little child recalls pristine adam (humankind) in the garden of Eden, the priest-king entrusted with “dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth” (Genesis 1:28).… Read the rest

The Root of Jesse, Day 5

“The Root of Jesse, Day 5”
Isaiah 11:6a
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat.

Isaiah 11:6a

Isaiah’s vision of universal peace and harmony even among the beasts points to a kingship not of this world. The… Read the rest

The Root of Jesse, Day 4

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

The blossom from the stump of Jesse will see with the eye of God:

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.

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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