The Branch Justifies The Meek

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, August 18, 2009

 He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears; but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth.             – Isaiah 11:3-4 (KJV)

 

Isaiah begins this chapter with, “There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots” (KJV). Most scholars see this as a prophecy of Christ. When we look at this passage from that perspective we can see strong evidence for the grace of God.

“He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.” Is this passage saying that God is going to look past the failures of men and see something else? Does it mean that he will not look at the sin of the people but will look at the effect of the Branch that comes from the stem of Jesse?

The Message puts this passage in modern terminology:

A green shoot will sprout from Jesse’s stump, from his roots a budding Branch. The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over him, the Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding, the Spirit that gives direction and builds strength, the Spirit that instills knowledge and Fear-of-God,

Fear-of-God will be all his joy and delight. He won’t judge by appearances, won’t decide on the basis of hearsay. He’ll judge the needy by what is right, render decisions on earth’s poor with justice. His words will bring everyone to awed attention. – The Message Isaiah 11:1-4.

The Lord seems to be telling Israel, and by extension, all who will believe on Christ, that he doesn’t care what we have done in the past, he is giving us hope for a future in Christ. In Christ he shows us mercy. In Christ he shows us the fear of the Lord. In Christ he shows us righteousness. And in Christ he justifies the meek.

We are judged not by what we have done but by how we have responded to what Christ has done. God, through Christ, the branch, justifies the meek.

 

Principle: God, through Christ, the branch, justifies the meek.

 

Affirmation: I have trusted the work of Christ and I am justified before God.

 

Prayer: Thank you father for looking past my sin and seeing Christ. Thank you for the wisdom to trust Christ. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 129 –Isaiah 31-32 – Galatians 6 – Proverbs 18

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