Summary: Exposition of Isaiah 11

Isaiah 11

The Reign of a Righteous King

The Righteous Ruler vs. 1-5

The Ideal Kingdom vs. 6-9

The Gathering of Nations vs. 10-16


God gives us glimpses into his future plans

We see that this morning in Isaiah 11

He is once again giving us a Messianic prophecy

But this time we get little information about his birth and a bunch of info on his rule

We see what life will be like when Jesus rules on the earth

It is such a contrast to what we see today where there is no peace

During the reign of Christ peace will rule for 1000 years

As you look back over history you start to realize how amazing this is

My two oldest are studying California history right now

They are learning how California because part of the USA

Right now we are in Mission stage

That means they are learning everything about the Missions and what purpose they served

In fact we are having to construct two different missions

I spent the whole weekend cutting styrofoam

The methods of the Catholic priests during that time was to bring in the Native Indians and convert them by making them Spanish looking and acting

It didn’t work because the Indians went back to their old lives as soon as the missions closed

We never bring peace when we try to convert people to be like us

But when the Holy Spirit works in someone’s heart and they come to Christ… peace resides

That peace will be forever when Jesus comes back for a second time

This morning we are going to see the righteous reign of the King of Kings


Transition: From the Line of David

For anyone to be considered a messiah or ruler in Israel they had to fulfill prophecy

First and foremost was that they had to be from the blood line of David

Matt 1 shows us the lineage of Jesus and how his father was part of that

Many scholars believe that Mary was actually from the blood lines as well

So Jesus descended from David

Acts 13:22-23 I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ 23 Of this man’s offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised.

So a savior was to come out of the branch of Jesse

This provides credibility because there is nothing the Israelites want more than to return to the glory days

They want a king in the image of David

Jesus fulfilled that but not in the way the Jews expected

Jesus came to save us from our sins before he comes to save the church from the world

The Righteous Ruler vs. 1-5

So let’s look at this righteous ruler who is coming

We see three things that will set him apart

Full of the Spirit

The first thing we see is that He will be full of the Spirit

Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit

Matt 3:16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

This is what allowed him to minister by teaching and doing signs and wonders

He wasn’t humanly capable before that

But once he was filled he went about doing amazing things

Is 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

We could recount story after story of how Jesus accomplished all of these

He preached the Gospel to everyone, he healed those who were sick, cast out demons

All of this was through the power of the Holy Spirit

But here is the thing he also said that the Spirit would be available to us

John 7:37-39 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

The Holy Spirit in our lives is like rivers of living water

It’s life that grows fruit in us and empowers us to use the gifts God has given us

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