Numbers 22, Psalms 62–63, Isaiah 11–12, James 5

If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Numbers 22, Psalms 62–63, Isaiah 11–12, James 5. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Isaiah 11-12.

Isaiah 11-12 is a promising passage about the coming of Christ. Verses 1-2 tell us about his qualifications to rule God’s people being both from David’s line (v. 1: “from the stump of Jesse”) and having the kingly anointing of God’s spirit on him (v. 2). Verses 3-5 tell us about how he will administer justice in his kingdom. He will have insight into the truth of the situations he judges so he will not judge merely on appearances (v. 3) but he will be defender to the poor and needy when the rich and powerful seek to abuse them (v. 4). His dealings with the wicked will be severe (v. 4b) but righteous (v. 5). And what will be the result of his rule? Verses 6-9a describe a scene of supernatural peace, where natural enemies have no hostility toward or fear of each other. And the reason for all of this is described in verse 9b: “,,,for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” For the first time since creation, all will be right with the world. Everyone will know and love and serve God and will find in him the satisfaction that he created us to find in him. This is a compelling picture of the future and it is what God has promised to us in Christ. Rest and remind yourself of this as you deal with the troubles and difficulties of life. If we wait for the Lord and his coming kingdom, we will be rewarded with a society that is far beyond what we can possibly imagine.

Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.