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Isaiah 11:3-5 (23.02.21)

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A Taste of Isaiah
In the weekly Bible Study we’ve been looking at the fantastic book of Isaiah. This week we’re going to have a taste of Isaiah’s message as we look at the picture of salvation that he proclaims.

Isaiah 11:3-5 NIV
…He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; [4] 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. [5] Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

Isaiah talks about judgement instead of salvation, but true judgement is all about justice and putting things right, and unlike our justice which deals with probabilities and is delivered by fallible humans with their prejudices and ignorance, God’s judgement is done with full knowledge of hearts, minds and deeds, and is done with perfect love and understanding. Earlier on in Isaiah, God condemns the treatment of the poor and vulnerable, here he restores them and deals with those who have oppressed them.

Father, we can not see as you see or understand as you understand. Forgive our unfair dealings with others. Give us insight by your Spirit so that we may deal with others fairly and with wisdom and compassion like your Son.

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