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Isaiah 11:1-9, The Branch from Jesse

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

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;
— Isaiah 11:3

NL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, January 2, 2019

by Rev. Stefanie Fauth, Clergy Stuff


There’s nothing more exciting than the shoot of a new plant!

Tender, beautiful, miraculous - fragile and sometimes hard to keep alive.

My mom used to say her green thumb was brown - and I might have inherited her talent with killing plants…

But this shoot from the branch of Jesse, even though the world tried to kill it, could not be kept down!

Jesus will always be alive, constantly sprouting a new shoot of love and life into our hearts.

We SHOULD water it and care for it, but even if we fail, nothing will stop the love of God from living on!

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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