Today’s bible study is: Isaiah 11:2, 3: The spirit of the Lord will give him wisdom and the knowledge and skill to rule his people. He will know the Lord’s will and honor him, and find pleasure in obeying him.
This is a timely and thought provoking verse, since we are at a time when we are seeking wisdom in leadership and the knowledge to lead with wisdom. In many cases, we are also seeking ones who will lead with the spirit of the Lord. In order to better understand and appreciate the meaning of today’s verse, read the following passage from the Book of Isaiah:
The royal line of David is like a tree that has been cut down; but just as new branches sprout from a stump, so a new king will arise from among David's descendants. The spirit of the Lord will give him wisdom and the knowledge and skill to rule his people. He will know the Lord's will and honor him, and find pleasure in obeying him. He will not judge by appearance or hearsay; he will judge the poor fairly and defend the rights of the helpless. At his command the people will be punished, and evil persons will die. He will rule his people with justice and integrity. Wolves and sheep will live together in peace, and leopards will lie down with young goats. (Good News Translation)
This chapter from Isaiah begins with an oracle concerning a new king who will be descended from David. We, as Christians, generally consider this passage to be about the coming of Jesus and the prediction of the Christ Child. But see how this king is actually described by Isaiah. It tells us that the spirit of the Lord will give him wisdom and knowledge to rule his people and that he will know the Lord’s will and honor him. He will rule his people with justice and integrity. He will judge all people fairly and will defend the rights of the helpless.
Are not these many of the qualities that we are seeking in our leaders? We want leaders who will be inspired by the spirit of Jesus, who will have wisdom and knowledge, and who will lead his people with honor. These are the qualities that were later to be embodied in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
The kingdom is portrayed as a place of peace, where there shall be harmony and loving kindness among all, even the lion and the lamb. None shall be predators or attackers; none shall be injured or harmed. All shall live in perfect harmony.
Is this a reasonable hope for the world in which we live? It is surely something we pray for, but is actually very hard to envision. Ever since time began, there seems to have been discord and injustice and fighting. This is not the will of Jesus, but rather the result of the free choice given to mankind. We cannot lay down our weapons and we cannot live side by side with our enemies. The reason is very simple. While it is extraordinarily wonderful to imagine, we are faulty, frail, sinful human beings. Too many are proud, angry, hurtful, unjust, unkind, possessive and power hungry. Perhaps all we can do is pray that the world may someday become the kingdom that God intended it to be, a glorious kingdom of peace and perfect harmony.
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