I read the following wonderful words in the Bible this morning! Frankly, they describe an antidote and healing salve to the poison and painful condition that exists in our world and country at the present time! Read it all – relish the descriptive word pictures! … It describes a leader that our world desperately needs (in fact a Savior we all need)! But It also describes a wonderful idyllic state of affairs that can only be realized when He is fully in control!
“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And 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 the fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and 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 of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf 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 cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:1–9 ESV)
Oh, I know there is a theological debate over whether this passage describes a temporary (but very long) future state of affairs during a period referred to as “the Millennium” (i.e. 1000 years) – or whether it is a description of the eternal bliss finally realized in what we call “Heaven!” Ultimately, WHO CARES (I have my opinion – but my heart longs for the reality these words describe either way)! The heart’s cry of all devoted followers of Jesus cry, “Even so come quickly Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)