Isaiah 11 … Consider His Glorious Resting Place

Then in that day
The nations will resort to the root of Jesse,
Who will stand as a signal for the peoples;
And His resting place will be glorious,
(11:10).

After yesterday, reading of Destruction Determined, even though it would Overflow With Righteousness, today was a welcomed respite. I was once again reminded of my frightening experience about the age of nine, when caught in a rip tide in the Pacific Ocean with my older cousin. We were being pulled under, and the only thing that I had to keep myself afloat were my cousin’s shoulders. I repeatedly pushed myself up (while pushing her under) to keep my head above the waters. And what seemed an eternity finally ended when a lifeguard swam to our rescue.

Putting my feet on the shore, out of the waters that had threatened to take our lives, to breathe without the fear of inhaling salt water, to be at rest from the danger of death was the most glorious feeling I had ever experienced.

And today, I found myself wondering about that near-death experience in the Pacific; what if I actually knew in advance what the definite outcome of that day would be? How would I have handled my time in the threatening current if I had known, with absolute certainty, that there was one who would come to save us and bring us to a place of rest.

God gave His people that knowledge as He had promised He would come and save a remnant from out of the overwhelming flood of despair, from out of the destruction that surely threatened to drown their faith and challenge their ability to believe there would be any hope of survival, let alone restoration.

Behold, the Lord, the God of hosts, will lop off the boughs with a terrible crash;
Those also who are tall in stature will be cut down
And those who are lofty will be abased.
34 He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an iron axe,
And Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One,
(Isaiah 10:33-34).

But God is always faithful to fulfill His promise. And although the land would be utterly devastated and demolished beyond recognition, that day would come when the Promised Descendant of David would come to rescue and restore the remnant to His Glorious Resting Place.

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit…
10 Then in that day
The nations will resort to the root of Jesse,
Who will stand as a signal for the peoples;
And His resting place will be glorious.
(11:1, 10).

Consider His Glorious Resting Place

  • His Glorious Resting Place; the Place of His Spirit.
    • The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him,
      The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
      The spirit of counsel and strength,
      The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord,
      (11:2).
  • His Glorious Resting Place; the Place of His Righteousness and Faithfulness.
    • But with righteousness He will judge the poor,
      And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;
      And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
      And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
      Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins,
      And faithfulness the belt about His waist,
      (11:4-5).
  • His Glorious Resting Place; the Place of Peace and Safety.
    • And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
      And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
      And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
      And a little boy will lead them,
      (11:6).
  • His Glorious Resting Place; the Place of the Full Knowledge of the Lord.
    • They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,
      For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
      As the waters cover the sea,
      (11:9).
  • His Glorious Resting Place; the Place of Restoration.
    • Then it will happen on that day that the Lord
      Will again recover the second time with His hand
      The remnant of His people, who will remain.
      12 And He will lift up a standard for the nations
      And assemble the banished ones of Israel,
      And will gather the dispersed of Judah
      From the four corners of the earth,
      (11:11-12).
  • His Glorious Resting Place; the Place of Unity.
    • Then the jealousy of Ephraim will depart,
      And those who harass Judah will be cut off;
      Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,
      And Judah will not harass Ephraim,
      (11:13).
  • His Glorious Resting Place; the Place of Victory.
    • They will swoop down on the slopes of the Philistines on the west;
      Together they will plunder the sons of the east;
      They will possess Edom and Moab,
      And the sons of Ammon will be subject to them,
      (11:14).
  • His Glorious Resting Place; the Place of His Miraculous Deliverance.
    • And there will be a highway from Assyria
      For the remnant of His people who will be left,
      Just as there was for Israel
      In the day that they came up out of the land of Egypt, (11:16).

How do we respond to His Glorious Resting Place?

There is debate as to when the Lord will recover His remnant for “the second time,” (11:11). Some believe this prophecy refers to the time the exiles would return from the Babylonian captivity, while others believe this looks forward to the second coming of Christ.

Then it will happen on that day that the Lord
Will again recover the second time with His hand
The remnant of His people, who will remain…
16 And there will be a highway from Assyria
For the remnant of His people who will be left,
Just as there was for Israel
In the day that they came up out of the land of Egypt,
(11:16).

And some see this as an example of dual fulfillment of prophecy in Scripture, predicting both events, fulfilled at two different times.

Whichever way this is interpreted, one thing is certain, God’s people are to be reminded that He will miraculously deliver His people as He had done before when He brought them out of their bondage in Egypt.

God has provided us with His Word, containing the history of the past and the absolute certainty of our future in His end of His story. Let us not be overcome by the deluge of doubt and fear, but rather let us remember His miraculous faithfulness in our past and look forward to His promises awaiting us in His Glorious Resting Place.

I shall remember the deeds of the Lord;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
12 I will meditate on all Your work
And muse on Your deeds,
(Psalm 77:11-12).

But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells, (2 Peter 3:13).

Let’s Grow Together!

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