The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown.
Isaiah 11:1-4a, 6-9 NIV
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
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—
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;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
[callout]This post is part of the Advent 2014 Festival of Lessons and Carols series, intended to ground us in the story of Jesus in the midst of the season’s busyness. I invite you to spend a couple minutes each day in December here to fill your soul with these lessons and carols and prepare your heart for Jesus to enter in this season of Advent. Click here for the full index of Lessons and Carols in this series.[/callout]