|Isaiah 11:10 |
10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign and standard of the people; the Gentiles shall seek it, and his rest shall be glorious.4
4 As prophesied, the Gentiles sought Jesus, they continue to seek him; while the Jews are asleep, their hearts veiled of understanding. And his rest shall be glorious. The rest of the Lord, that no one understands, so no one enters. It is the rest from fighting your enemies: lust, anger, pride, envy, covetousness, immorality, etc. It is the rest from your own thoughts; your own words, your own deeds — when they are replaced by the Spirit of the Lord, taking full possession of your heart to rule it. He then prompts your thoughts, words, deeds, while energizing you with his Spirit; thus you have rested from you own labors to become a partaker in the divine nature. From George Fox's Doctrines:
And in that day says the Lord, there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people, to it the Gentiles shall seek, and his rest shall be glorious. Now the Gentiles have found this glorious rest, and to this ensign, this root of Jesse they do seek, which this day is fulfilled among them, and witnessed; glory to the Lord God the highest forever; and he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah, from the four corners of the earth.
Now this ensign is set up for the outcasts of Israel, for nations, and to the gathering of the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth; now you owning the light, you own this ensign, (and this ensign now is witnessed), and we see it, and have that set upon the throne of David; for the Lord will utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea, and there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left from Assyria, [take notice,] like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of Egypt.
And where this covenant, (that is everlasting), of light is received, with it the first covenant is seen that decays; and thus said the Lord, I will hold your hand, I will keep you, and give you for a covenant of the people, and a light to the Gentiles, to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners out of the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house. I am the Lord, that is my name, and my glory I will not give to another; behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things I tell you of, before they spring forth, I tell you of them.
Have not the Gentiles which followed not after righteousness, obtained the righteousness, even the righteousness of faith in Christ Jesus, the covenant of light, the light of the Gentiles, among whom his name is great, and their eyes are opened, and the prisoners come out of the prison-house, and in him do the Gentiles trust. And thus said the Lord, in an acceptable time have I heard you, in a day of salvation have I helped you, I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant to the people, to establish the earth. I will give you (says the Lord) a light of the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation to the end of the earth. Now he that establishes the earth, the covenant witnessed, by whom all things were made. What, is he salvation to the end of the earth, the covenant of light? Yes, who gives light to every man that comes into the world, which Isaiah spoke of, which your fathers had their will on. And thus says the Lord, I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant to the people, to establish the earth, to obtain the inheritance of the desolate heritage; [mark] this covenant of the people to establish the earth, which obtains the inheritance of the desolate heritages, and says to the prisoners, go forth, and to them that are in darkness, show yourselves; which is now fulfilled, and being fulfilled; they shall feed in the way, and their pasture shall be on the tops of the hills, and these witness the fresh springs of water, and this is witnessed among them that witness his covenant, and are converted to God, to serve the living God in righteousness, who have come to the life of the prophets, and possess what they spoke of.