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Isaiah 11:1-9, God's Peaceful Kingdom

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

They will not hurt or destroy   on all my holy mountain;
— Isaiah 11:9

NL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, January 16, 2019

by Rev. Stefanie Fauth, Clergy Stuff


This beautiful prediction is filled with such a sense of hope - someday there will be no fear and no conflict.

With a world in conflict, this can seem like a distant dream - but it’s certainly something we should be striving for on a daily basis.

Until that day when we do indeed see lions eating straw like oxen, we will simply need to do our best to be a version of God’s peace and righteousness - and trust that God is our rock!

Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse,
   and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
   the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
   the spirit of counsel and might,
   the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. 

He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
   or decide by what his ears hear; 
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 kill the wicked. 
Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
   and faithfulness the belt around his loins. 

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
   the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
   and a little child shall lead them. 
The cow and the bear shall graze,
   their young shall lie down together;
   and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
   and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. 
They will not hurt or destroy
   on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
   as the waters cover the sea. 

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