Monday, December 03, 2007

Our Hope for the Future

Today's Advent reading from from Bluffton University. FOr the scripture reading they have chosen Isaiah 11:1-10.

1There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
3And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
7The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
9 They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.

10In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.

Laura Frey says :
During this advent season, take the time to look around at the world and realize that there is a glorious hope awaiting us, even when all signs point to hopelessness. The One who can solve all our problems is God, and our faith is essential to keep hope alive. God is our Redeemer, and on the day of Jesus’ return he will, “stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.”
Jesus Christ, born of Mary, claimed son of Joseph, both who were descended from David's line. Jesus...God's own son! He shall come. He is our hope. He is the one who will judge things as they aught to be: "He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear". He will know the right of it. He will do this through righteousness and with equity. Faithfulness and righteousness as his belt. Things will turn out as they aught to be....the predator and prey being safe with each other. There will be no hurt or decay. Jesus is our hope for the future. Have faith in him.

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