Session 7: CHRISTMAS

6 October 2020

Isaiah 11:1-4 The Righteous Reign of the Branch (ESV)

Artist: Geraldine
A Branch from David’s Line
Taking from the passage in Isaiah 11:1~4.
A new branch grows from an old root representing Jesus from David’s line. Jesus is borned to be the Savior and Light of this world. Jesus has the Seven Spirits upon Him, namely the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of the wisdom, the Spirit of the understanding, Spirit of the counsel, Spirit of the might, Spirit of the knowledge, Spirit of the fear of the Lord.
I drew the menorah because it is a representation of the Christ and Tree of life. During the Christmas season, it is good to remind ourselves about Jesus being the Light of the world. We are his disciples. He says “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life “(John 8:12)
Personally, I also ask for the Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of the wisdom, Spirit of the understanding, Spirit of the counsel, Spirit of the might, Spirit of the knowledge, Spirit of the fear of the Lord to be upon my life to shine for Him.
Artist: Yuri
Artist: Geraldine
God loves everybody in the world -people from different nations and tongues. In most communities, there are the locals in the land and foreigners too. To be able to accept and love the foreigners, we need to have the right attitude towards them and treat them the way God would have us to. Many see foreigners as people who occupy our land and take away the things that belong to us.
There is a certain kind of plant call the epiphytes. The characteristic of this plant is that it can grow on other plants for support. They do not absorb nutrients from the host plant because they can carry out photosynthesis to produce food for themselves. Being different from other plants they also add variety and beauty to the forest and landscape.
When foreigners come into our land, they need us to share our things with them but they can eventually be self-sufficient and contribute to our society as well.
According to the Scripture in Exodus22:21
“We must not exploit or oppress a foreign resident for you, yourselves were foreigners in the land of Egypt.”
Foreigners are put here by God to help us to love them. God is teaching us to share the things that are from him. We must realise too that just like the sunlight, rain and air belong to him and not belong to the people of the land, we must learn to share the things that belong to God. We can bless others with what we are blessed with by God. We should also appreciate their contributions. The foreigners can contribute their hard labour and skills to help our economy. We should appreciate and be thankful to them. Finally, we must understand that different kinds of people are placed in our lives to change us to reflect the image of God.

Author: Jillian

After the sharing about how Jesus had very humble beginnings and how we should look beyond appearances from vs 1 about the stump of Jesse, it made me think about vs 3 – 4,
“He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
But with righteousness He will judge the poor,And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;”

My reflection: We should not judge by outward appearances, to be lured by what appears attractive, to condemn or shy away from what appears replusive. We should look past that to see what is of true value, as He values. And we should see Jesus in the people God puts in our path.

So I wrote a poem:
Give me eyes to see
Give me eyes to see
Past the outward trappings
Past the coloured wrapping
Past the glitter and shine
Give me eyes to see
Beyond the humble packaging
Beyond the dirty setting
Beyond the filthy grime
Give me eyes to see
The poor and afflicted
The alien and stranger
The orphan and widow
The ones you love
Give me eyes to see Jesus
Give me eyes to see

Isaiah 11:1-4 The Righteous Reign of the Branch (ESV)
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
    and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And 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.
And 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,
but 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.