Reading: Isaiah 11:1-5

The Branch From Jesse
11 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

Questions :

  1. What does the ‘stump of Jesse’ mean?
  2. How can we see the Spirit of God upon Jesus in the gospels?
  3. How does verse 4 fit in with the gospel accounts of Jesus and the description of him in Revelation 19?

Worship Reflection: What Child is This?