A glimpse of Christmas yet to come

Isaiah 11:1-10, English Standard Version; except the middle section is my paraphrase.


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. …

With righteousness he shall judge the poor,
   and decide with equity for the meek of the earth. …

            The sexual predator will be completely rehabilitated,
               she who once cowered will look him straight in the eye,
            Violence against women and children will be a distant memory;
               powerful men will use as little force as that of a small child.

            Palestinians and Israelis will break bread together,
               their children will intermarry to the great joy of their families;
               he who planted landmines will sow grain instead.

            The nursing child will not ingest chemicals with her mother’s milk,
               nor will the schoolyard be overrun by drug dealers.
            Multinational corporations no longer will ravage
               and degrade mother earth;

for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
   as the waters cover the sea.

In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples
   — of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.
lion with lamb


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. McSwain
    Dec 16, 2007 @ 01:31:46

    I just read that passage today, as I wrote my much less thoughtful post. I like your interpretation–you neither added nor took away from the Scripture, but thoughtfully applied it to the social issues we are dealing with.


  2. Bella Swan
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 17:52:50

    I am a Twilight fan, I would use this picture for Twilight-related things not religious things


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