11 A branch will grow from a stump of a tree that was cut down.
So a new king will come from the family of Jesse.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon that king.
The Spirit gives him wisdom, understanding, guidance and power.
And the Spirit teaches him to know and respect the Lord.
3 This king will be glad to obey the Lord.
He will not judge by the way things look.
He will not judge by what people say.
4 He will judge the poor honestly.
He will be fair in his decisions for the poor people of the land.
The prophet Isaiah prophesied the coming of Jesus in this passage. The season of advent starts this year on Sunday, November 29th. As we celebrate Thanksgiving and start advent, let’s strive to also be filled with wisdom, understanding, respect, peace, honesty, and fairness.
Hi God! Thank you for Jesus and his example of how to treat others. Help us to have the characteristics that this passage lists. Amen.
Focus for the Day: Jesus is Coming!
Author: Rachel Dudley, Director of Children’s Ministry