New life…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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shoot from the stump

Isaiah 11:1-5

 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.

Any who garden know that cutting down a tree is not the end of it.  New life will spring from the stump and the roots will continue to nourish it.  The proud and the arrogant, those trusting in their own abilities and designs as if they were of their own creation will be cut down.  This comes as a consequence of a turning away from their God and Creator.  But from the stump that remains, new life springs forth.

That tree, that nation, that people had their roots in the knowledge of their Creator and God and in their living according to His commands; loving their God above all others and loving their fellowmen, women and children.  Our nation has the same roots.  Whatever comes of our present day arrogance and turning away from those beginnings we can be sure that we who remain true to those beginnings, that knowledge will see new life.

We may see the tree of our nation cut down; we can be the stump that remains true to our God and brings forth new life.  This shoot of Jesse is thought to be the Christ who brings new life to all who believe in him.  Let us remain true to Him, love our God and our fellow man, woman and child.  Let us be a shoot also of new life as we shine His light into our dark world.

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