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.

Isaiah 11:3b-4a

David the shepherd boy was chosen out of all the sons of Jesse with the same penetrating and impartial eye:

But the Lord said to Samuel: Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him. God does not see as a mortal, who sees the appearance. The Lord looks into the heart.

I Samuel 16:7

The Messianic Son of David will use his shepherd’s rod to guide his sheep into green pastures and also protect them from evildoers.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
rod and your staff comfort me.

Psalm 23:4

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

Isaiah 11:4b

A king, priest, and prophet anointed with the Spirit of God, the Messiah’s loins with be girt with tsedeq (righteousness, justice) and emunah (faithfulness, steadfastness).

Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.

Isaiah 11:5

Christ will ascend the mountain of the Lord along the straight and narrow path in obedience to God the Father, fulfilling the covenant with Abraham, the first man in history whose faith was credited to him as tsedeq —“righteousness” (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3).

3 Replies to “The Root of Jesse, Day 4”

  1. The rose of revelation bloomed into darkness.
    Few recognized the beauty, most saw sharp thorns.
    God’s impartial love reaches every person,
    Rich or poor; smart or not, even one who mourns.
    Little shepherd boy becomes king.
    God’s grace is a marvelous thing!

    1. “The rose of revelation bloomed into darkness…” suits the image very well. “God’s grace is a marvelous thing!” Amen! Did you know that amen comes from the Hebrew verb aman (to confirm, support), which is the source of emunah (faithfulness)? Abraham’s “Amen!” was credited to him as righteousness.

  2. Dear GMC, Your reflection helps us enter into the sacred presence where our hearts are emptied for the Lord to fill. God’s grace and comfort to you, GMC.

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