Friday 24th November 2017 - Bible verse:
Isaiah 11 A Shoot from the Stump of Jesse by Richard Cowling

After Moses, Israel had many people led them, and then eventually they wanted a king to rule over them like the other nations. What they had missed was that they already had the King of Kings ruling over them. God allowed them this earthly king and through the years there were some good, some bad and some downright evil. Yet Israelís second human king was David; a man after Godís own heart. God knew that Davidís first love was his LORD and so made a promise to him that there would be an Everlasting King from Davidís line on the throne.

This chapter starts with saying how there would be a shoot coming up from the root of Jesse, Davidís father, and that from those roots a branch will bear fruit.

We see this in Jesus. In both Matthew 1 and Luke 3 we can see the human genealogy of Jesus and how he is a descendent of David.

Isaiah tells us how the Spirit of the LORD will rest on him, give him wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and fear of the LORD. This Spirit is visibly shown to rest on Jesus when he is baptised in the Jordan by John the Baptist.

Jesus is a fulfilment of the promise to Abraham, of an offspring that will provide for him descendants more numerous than the stars. He is the fulfilment of the promise to David, of a descendent on the throne of Godís people for all of time.

He also comes as a judge like no other. He doesnít judge us by the good things we might do or by the nice words that we say! No, he looks at our hearts. Jesus came into this world because of love and He is our Saviour, our judge, our king and our Lord.

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