|Isaiah 11 |
1 "And there shall come forth a rod [Jesus described as a rod to rule and discipline]out of the stem of Jesse [David's father], and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.1
2 And the spirits of the LORD shall rest upon him [Jesus], the spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and reverential fear and obedient fear of the LORD;
3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD; and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.2
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth. He shall smite the earth. With the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist, and faithfulness the girdle of his loins.
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together. The lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.3
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
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, who shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
12 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.
13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off. Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not trouble Ephraim.
14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together. They shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
15 And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind he shall shake his hand over the river, and shall strike it into the seven streams, and make men go over dry shod.
16 And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt."
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1 The rod to come forth out of Jesse was Jesus. Jesse was the father of David. Jesus' father and mother were both descendants of David. Matthew shows the genealogy of Joseph the natural father of Jesus, and Luke shows the genealogy of Mary, the mother of Jesus, (See the footnote 5 associated with it).
2 As Jesus said, he does not judge by sight:
3 the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. This prophecy has not been fulfilled as of 2009; but it is fast approaching. The Net Bible's translation: "They will no longer injure or destroy on my entire royal mountain. For there will be universal submission to the Lord’s sovereignty, just as the waters completely cover the sea." And they will not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all will know me, from the least to the greatest.
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.
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