New Year’s Resolution December 31

Isaiah 11:1-4

But a shoot shall grow out of the stump of Jesse,

A twig shall sprout from his stock.

The Spirit of the Lord shall alight upon Him:

A Spirit of wisdom and insight,

A Spirit of counsel and valor,

A Spirit of devotion and reverence for the Lord.

He shall sense the truth by His reverence for the Lord:

He shall not judge by what His eyes behold,

Nor decide by what His ears perceive.

Thus, He shall judge the poor with equity.

And decide with justice for the lowly of the land.

JPS Hebrew-English TANAKH

This prophecy is about Jesus and how God would establish His character. It is so touching and humbling. Jesse was King David’s father, not known for his wealth a humble family at the time. The stump represents the remnants of this royal family by the time Jesus would be born. We see how poor Joseph and Mary were. King David set aside much wealth and material to build the temple; his son Solomon was the richest man at that time in history. Joseph and Mary were both descendants of this royal family brought down to a carpenter and a promise.

Jesus would be the twig that came out of the stump, a little shoot of life left to a royal dynasty. But the twig has become the rod that will judge the world, a strong branch that will never break.

The Holy Spirit shall descend upon Him giving Him these qualities:

The Spirit of the Lord shall alight upon Him:

A Spirit of wisdom and insight,

A Spirit of counsel and Valor,

A Spirit of devotion and reverence for the Lord.

A promise from God, a word written in stone that could not break. But the next verse strikes my heart because it is our part:

He shall sense the truth by His reverence for the Lord:

Reverence, if we operate in reverence before the Lord, we should be able to sense the truth! If you want to see the truth in someone, be reverent before the Lord. He will give you an understanding of the situation that guides their life. Operate in understanding to help better a broken life. Resolute within yourself to be Reverent towards the Lord this year.

Now, that’s a New Year’s Resolution worth keeping.

He is: El Elyon

God Most High

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