Isaiah 11:1-4– The Righteous Reign of the Branch (ESV)
Author: Jacintha Pillay
Our King Proud and lofty you were not, Coming in humility, what you sought Was the hearts of men White and pure, Made possible only by your flowing blood that secures. They ask, “Where are your robes, your clothes of majesty?” They cannot see the infinite hope in your glory. But as we draw close And you gather us under your wings, Our eyes are opened, And we see our King!
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 repulsive. 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) 1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2 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. 3 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, 4 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.