He selected Isaiah 11 this evening. The title is “The Reign of Jesse’s Offspring.” Jesse was the father of King David.

Ezekiel 37 (NKJV)

21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. 23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

24 “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. 25 Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever. 26 Moreover I will [c]make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 28 The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.

Jeremiah 33 (NKJV)

The Permanence of God’s Covenant

19 And the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, 20 Thus says the Lord: ‘If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, 21 then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers. 22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.’ ”

Jesus is a descendant of King David, He will reign when His time has come, forever. And it will be a time of peace unlike anything we have ever, or could ever have known.

Forevermore is heaven. Our history alone points to this as fact. We as a species are rebellious children, wanting to go our own, not wanting to be restrained in any way, even if it is restrained from wrong doing, though we do not see it that way. Our nature is such that it seems so right because our base nature is wrong. We are a selfish species, even doing that which appears to be good for selfish reasons, for the approval of others, to be admired. Not to do that which is good because it is good and it feels good to do good. The fact that we are doing good is almost a side benefit. Worst of all it makes us self-righteous, we can congratulate ourselves for being good and therefore better than those who don’t. Where’s the good in that? That is who we are.

His word, His unfathomable love, the depth of it is unlike anything else in this world. His word can slay you for it reaches to the heart that He created. It is like visiting a foreign land where no one speaks your language and then you run into some who does. It’s like watching to children in a room full of adults who meet. There’s the recognition like, “Oh, one of me, I want to go to him.” It’s like that. His word is as incisive as a surgeon’s knife, because it is spirit reaching spirit, the spirit that only He planted and therefore His word can speak to it like no other. It can go right through you, through all of the layers of doubt, mistrust, resentment, disbelief, “higher education,” evolution, all of it-to reach the core of who we are, who we want to be in our heart of hearts.

It rings true like no other written word can, for it is from the Father of all-everything, everything we can perceive through our senses and that which we can’t-more importantly that which we can’t. His word, the study of it can change that base nature of ours and elevate it out of the muck and mire that is us to His higher existence, closer to Him, closer to the Spirit. The flesh is where we live, but He can change that, His ways are higher than ours, just as the heavens are compared to our earthly home. Even our sayings speak to this: the sports of action adventure statement, “You’re going down,” or he/ she is on a “downward spiral.” There are many references that indicate that down is not as good as up: he/she is “coming up in the world,” when we improve something it is called an “upgrade.”

 

 

 

 

Isaiah 11 (NKJV)

The Reign of Jesse’s Offspring

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord As the waters cover the sea.

When could this possibly happen that we would not hurt or destroy one another when history, the daily news testify to our nature. It would have to be when we are in His presence and only then.

But how wonderful this will be-forevermore.

 

Isaiah 11 (NKJV)

The Reign of Jesse’s Offspring

11 There shall come forth a [a]Rod from the [b]stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall [c]grow out of his roots. 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 of the fear of the Lord.

His delight is in the fear of the Lord, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist.

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord As the waters cover the sea.

10 “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious.”

Notice the capitalization of “Him,” a direct reference to Jesus. The prophet Isaiah is receiving a prophesy but couldn’t possibly know that some of it will occur in the near future and some will not happen in their lifetime. Only the Father knows the appointed time when He will reach the heart of His people so that they return to their Father forever, never to leave Him.

11 It shall come to pass in that day That the Lord shall set His hand again the second time To recover the remnant of His people who are left, From Assyria and Egypt, From Pathros and Cush, From Elam and Shinar, From Hamath and the [d]islands of the sea.

12 He will set up a banner for the nations, And will [e]assemble the outcasts of Israel, And gather together the dispersed of Judah From the four [f]corners of the earth. 13 Also the envy of Ephraim shall depart, And the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, And Judah shall not harass Ephraim. 14 But they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines toward the west; Together they shall plunder the [g]people of the East; They shall lay their hand on Edom and Moab; And the people of Ammon shall obey them. 15 The Lord will utterly [h]destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt; With His mighty wind He will shake His fist over [i]the River, And strike it in the seven streams, And make men cross over [j]dry-shod. 16 There will be a highway for the remnant of His people Who will be left from Assyria, As it was for Israel In the day that he came up from the land of Egypt.