Isaiah proclaimed with joy the prophetic promise to God’s people: from the ancestry and lineage of Jesse would come a branch from his roots, one who would be filled with the Spirit of the Lord, and would delight in God’s fear, and judge with justice and fairness. With righteousness he will judge the poor and pronounce an equitable sentence for the meek and vulnerable. God will transform all creation, and the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Jesus is this ruler from David’s line who will reign forever as Lord and King over God’s Kingdom. Let us prepare our hearts for the righteous reign of the Branch, the soon coming King and Kingdom of God revealed at the coming of Jesus Christ.
The oppression and sin of the world today has targeted and estranged the poor of this world. The promise of God is that the Messiah would come and judge the affairs of the poor, deciding for them with equity and truth, deciding on behalf of the meek and the vulnerable.
You, O Savior, are the Champion of the poor, the meek, and the vulnerable. The prophets declared that you will bring justice to the nations and the weak, and will shatter oppression forever. Come, Lord Jesus, and make this truth of a just reign a reality for all of us to hear and to know. For your sake, amen.
“The theme of worship is far more central and significant in Scripture than many Christians imagine. It is intimately linked with all the major emphases of biblical theology such as creation, sin, covenant, redemption, the people of God and the future hope. Far from being a peripheral subject, it has to do with the fundamental question of how we can be in a right relationship with God and please him in all that we do. One way or another, most of the books from Genesis to Revelation are concerned with this issue.”
~ David G. Peterson, Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992. pp. 17-18
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Peterson, Engaging with God