Monday, December 16, 2019

Isaiah 11:4-5 NIV 2011

But with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

Isaiah offered contrasts between those who ruled in his day with the One who would be the Ruler of all. Assyria conquered Israel. Isaiah 10:5, “Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger…” The Messiah will return. Revelation 2:27, “that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery—.‘” Isaiah’s prophecy presents past as well as future events. He used words pointing to Jesus. The reign of Christ is robed with His perfect character. 

Soon we will celebrate the birth of the Savior, remembering a baby coming to save sinners. This morning I awoke to a snow covered scene here in Ohio. The matted discolored grass of the winter as well as the leaves gone from the branches all have been washed by the snow. I haven’t ventured out yet but this is the picture of believers being washed white as snow when we confess our sins. Jesus alone has washed away all those sins and we are made clean through the Righteous One’s perfect character.

What aspects of Christ’s perfect character make you thankful daily?

Christ reigns in our blessed lives,

S

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