Isaiah 11:1-6 THE RIGHTEOUS REIGN OF THE “BRANCH”
When the sun starts to come up in the morning we first see only a faint glow in the East. Then as it appears above the horizon that faint glow becomes a great fire that fills the sky. In a very short time its radiance is so overwhelming that we cannot look directly at it. How we enjoy both its light and its warmth through another day under its gracious beams!
This chapter is like that rising sun so familiar to us, except that Isaiah is not talking about that familiar Sun that rises in the East and sets in the West every day of our lives. No! Isaiah is speaking about the SON -–‘S’ ‘O’ ‘N’, not ‘s’ ‘u’ ‘n’. He is prophesying that JESUS, THE SON OF GOD, is going to rise. Isaiah 11 is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL description of the SON OF GOD RISING OVER HISTORY, RISING OVER OUR LIVES.
Judah needed to see the SON OF GOD RISING over the horizon of their history, over the horizon of their own private lives. He, the SON OF GOD was the source of their hope in that day and HE remains the source of our hope today.
THE SON OF GOD IS RISING OVER HISTORY
IN THE GLORY OF HIS KINGDOM
Some of you literary types have already recognized that the title of my message resembles a book that was made into a movie in recent years. The novelist, Ernest Hemingway, wrote a book in 1926 entitled “The Sun Also Rises”, but Hemingway spelled “sun” ‘s’ ‘u’ ‘n’ and I am spelling it S’ ‘O’ ‘N’. Hemingway used his novel to spread a desperately hopeless view of life under that Sun.
I am using this slightly different title for exactly the opposite purpose. I want to fill your hearts this morning with HOPE. I want you to have GREAT HOPE that the SON OF GOD is rising, brighter than any mere sun or star. I want you to see Him rising over human history and over your personal life. I am not giving this to you as a prophecy of something that will happen, but as an assurance of something that has already happened to a degree and is progressing toward an ever greater brightness in our world. The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ is a powerful and beautiful reality rising in our lives in our world.
Notice that I am emphasizing this RISING OF THE SON as a HISTORICAL reality, not just a religious fantasy, a spiritual idea for mystics in monasteries. It is a reality that is not only touching history; it is controlling history. The RISING OF THE SON is the most powerful force in history today. esv study Bible introduces this chapter with the words: “the Messiah will transform the world.” HE is changing everything and will not stop until he has TRANSFORMED THE ENTIRE WORLD, AND EACH OF US. (3 points as indicated in NOTES)
I. THE SON OF GOD IS RISING, RULING IN REDEMPTIVE GRACE
vss. 1-2, Isaiah introducing this wonderful truth, a theme in this book
Notice 60:1-3, supporting this great theme:Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness cover the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Special attention to vs. 2:PROMINENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
BEAUTIFYING THE SON – Clothing Him with 5 (or 6) beautiful gifts:
As Isaiah 9:6 Gifts of Government: 1.Understanding, 2. Counsel, 3. Power, 4. Knowledge, 5. Fear of the Lord
CONTRAST: To present candidates before us for office of president; Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton.
When one of them is elected, how much confidence will we have in their RULE?
Will we be able to see any redemptive grace at ll in their rule?
So many countries in this condition today!! Ethiopia added to the list last night.
WONDERFUL GOOD NEWS HERE:
Coming beautiful government of the “stump of Jesse, his roots, a Branch!!
John 16:1-5 Read and exult in vs. 14 “He will glorify ME! PENTECOST!
The new era dawns as we discover the beauty of his gifts of Rule
- We happily surrender to the KING who displays the unsurpassed beauty
- Obedience to Him is not some kind of “heroic sacrifice” but the only sensible choice in life.
- Surrender to this King brings Peace to our lives, Peace to our world.
MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLES, vss 6-9:Figurative pictures = fierce animals are pictures of fierce sinners who have been pacified by the beauty of the Messiah/King – Lamb/Leopard, Calf/Lion
GRAND CONCLUSION: Vs. 9 “For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord…”
Triumph of the Missionary Message – Muslims, Chinese, India
Vs. 10: “In that day the root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples.”
HE is speaking about a future reality, already beginning to happen. –both a future and present reality!
- That is why the “rising sun” is such an appropriate picture of our text.
- While predicting the future RULE of Christ over His future Kingdom, God is already ruling with mighty power and eternal justice that cannot be denied –OUR RISING SUN is THE RISING SON of GOD.
- GOD has ruled in REDEMPTIVE GRACE since the first moment of creation.
BUT the rising of the “root from the stump of Jesse” this rising of “a branch from his roots”
- Will be a new phase of the Kingdom, a new and more glorious phase –
- A Phase of the Kingdom characterized by the unsurpassed beauty of our Lord Jesus!
Illus: Reading of Douglas Kelly’s Systematic Theology, intro: 30 pages of “The Beauty of Christ”
Sub-titled: A Trinitarian Vision because Kelly is displaying the incredible BEAUTYof the Christ who is Himself engulfed in the unspeakable beauty of His Loving relationship within the BLESSED TRINITY. So does the incarnation of our Lord Jesus give a FACE to the fabulous beauty of the Trinity and the relationships within the Trinity.
Illus: Charysse’s recent trip into the Grand Canyon – Perhaps no greater beauty in our world!
The picture of the Savior and His Rule surpasses the Grand Canyon by light years!
WE MUST SEE THAT JESUS IS STEPPING OUT OF THIS AWESOME WONDER of THE TRINITY TO DISPLAY THE UNSURPASSED BEAUTY OF HIS RULE OVER US.
-His rule over us is His new creation at work within us, forming us in his own beauty
HE, IN HIS BEAUTY, IS RISING OVER HISTORY, OVER OUR LIVES RIGHT NOW
>WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A REDEMPTIVE EVENT!<
PERSONAL TESTIMONY: I find it the greatest of imaginable blessings to live into my old age still discovering more and more of the BEAUTY OF CHRIST, THE GLORY OF GOD, THE WONDERS OF THE TRINITARIAN GOD washing over my soul.
II. THE SON OF GOD IS RISING, RULING IN DECISIVE JUDGMENT
GOD’S rule brought Decisive Judgment against the King of Assyria10:33-34
Question- Since judgment of Assyria came before Jesus appeared on earth
How can I call this the rule of Jesus?
Jesus was always one person withhin the RULING Trinity, KINGDOM OF GOD.
So participating in rule over Assyria as all persons of the Trinity.
He is as much “God” as the Father is God. So no essential difference.
NOTE the dramatic turn of events in 10:32, 33, 34 READ AND EXPLAIN
So when scripture says in 10:33, He “will lop the boughs with terrifying power”
And “He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an axe”
These frightful figures of speech are a reference to God’s decisive judgment on Asssyria. Since the dreadful blow of judgment fell on Assyria at “Nob”, this must refer to the awful judgment God brought on the army of Sennacherib, King of Assyria. It was the decisive blow to Assyria that hastened the fall of the entire nation.
HISTORIC EVEN IMMORTALIZED BY POET: GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON
“The Destruction of Sennacherib”(1815)
The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And His cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;
The sheen of their spears like the stars on the sea,
As the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.
Like the leaves of the forest when summer is green,
That host with their banners at sunset were seen:
Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn has blown,
That host on the morrow lay withered and strown.
For the angel of death spread his wings on the blast
And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed;
The eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill,
The hearts but once heaved and forever grew still!
And the widows of Asshur were loud in their wail
And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal;
For the might of the gentile unsmote by the sword,
Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord.
Text reflecting the spirit of Christ, His attitude, mood in both redeeming and judging
Vs 3: “And He will delight in the fear of the Lord” . Word “delight” here is same as “smell” and seems to be saying that God “delights in the smell of the fear of the Lord”. This is peculiar but appears to reflect God smelling the sacrifices of Godly people and taking delight in them.
So, Our Lord Jesus Christ in his rule. A RULE that “delights” in the fear of the Lord.
Can you smell it?
III. THE SON OF GOD IS RISING, RULING IN LIFE-TRANSFORMING JOY: Ch. 12
The Savior’s transforming this world comes into focus directly on YOU!
Are you really aware of this awesome reality? (repeat first sentence)
YES! He is transforming the whole world!! And you and me personally!!!
PROOF: He is enabling you to sing the kind of song printed in this chapter!
God pounds Judah and Israel over the head verbally for their idolatry!
For their singing stupid songs in praise of their stupid gods!
I hereby commission Gina to organize the considerable musical talents of this church to set this chapter 12 to music so we can sing it at the top of our lungs.
Book of Isaiah praising the beauty of Christ is building toward Isaiah 53 with its magnificent picture of JESUS dying for our sins and rising again to reconstruct us, to transform us, to make us anew in His BEAUTIFUL IMAGE.
AMAZING IRONY HERE: Isaiah 53 presents a dreadfully ugly picture of MESSIAH!
NIV: “many were appalled at Him—His appearance was so disfigured, beyond that of any man”… “His form marred beyond human likeness”
Out of this horrendous ugliness which mankind imposed on Him, HE RISES into the glory of His own unsurpased beauty, AND creates us in corresponding beauty.
As I mentioned earlier, Ernest Hemingway’s book, The Sun Also Rises, was full of hopelessness. The horrors and miseries of the World war I had convinced Hemingway that history was a dead-end. The world was not moving toward Utopia or any kind of happy conclusion. So when he was 62 years old, Hemingway committed suicide.
In contrast to Hemingway the Apostle Peter had witnessed THE SINGLE MOST UNSPEAKABLE HORROR IN HISTORY: the crucifixion death of our Lord Jesus. That person whom Peter had loved and trusted more than any other, brutally and unjustly assaulted and crucified, subjected to the most painful and shameful death known to man.
Why didn’t Peter commit suicide??!!
ANSWER: Because Peter saw Jesus raised from the dead a few days later!!!
- Heard His gracious words of Peace
- Received a grand commission to spread that peace to the world
Peter did not commit suicide!
But began a life-long discovery of the unsurpassed beauty of the Savior, and his rule over us!
YOU and I have see the Risen Savior!
The Holy Spirit is showing us the unsurpassed beauty of our Lord,
The unsurpassed beauty of His Rule over our lives leading us into the
LET US RECEIVE COMMUNION ON THIS GLORIOUS NOTE!!!