Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
Isaiah 11:1-5 describes Jesus, the shoot from Jesse's stump. We realize that, of all people, Jesus is the one upon whom the Spirit of the Lord rests.
What do we learn of the Spirit? He is the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord. Jesus is full of these characteristics. And as the Lord indwells us, we are also filled with the very same personality. Jesus gives us all wisdom, understanding, and all the rest. These things we need.
The response to all these gifts of the Lord is humility. Jesus does not use the power of the Holy Spirit to show arrogance. Rather, he makes judgment in righteousness. He cares for the poor and weak, defending them against those who would press them down.
Jesus, the tender shoot of Jesse, cares for the least in our world. He is truly the one who walks in the power of the Holy Spirit.
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