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Intended as Hezekiah, the rod from the stem of Jesse reaches forward in time and touches Jesus. The Lord uses Isaiah for more than the immediate circumstance into which he prophesies. The Holy Spirit, referred as such by Isaiah more times than any other prophet, uses this great man of God for announcing the Messiah. With the addition of “piety,” not mentioned in verse 2, the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are listed.
This chapter and the next conclude the first of five parts in Isaiah. As a symphony raising its themes in sweeping final movements, so do these chapters lift up the ultimate triumph of God in images of reconciliation.
Let the Word of the Lord fill all your days “… as the waters cover the sea.”
The poor judged in righteousness v. 4
Faithfulness, the belt around v. 5
A little child shall lead them. v. 6
Knowledge covering the sea v. 9
This is the Seventh Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets,in this season the prophet Isaiah.
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