Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Child Shall Lead Them....

I have heard the phrase: “A child shall lead them” many times and I confess I never knew the origin of that phrase. Now, I do! My quiet had me in Psalm 71 this morning and I read on over to Psalm 72. All of God’s word is a treasure, but I was particularly encouraged in a very personal way through these verses today and wanted to share them.

“He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.”

That verse led into another verse from Isaiah 11:4

“But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins and faithfulness the belt of His waist. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

Who is this child? When you read in the context of Isaiah 11 it is the root of Jesse. The child shall have the Spirit of the Lord resting upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge. This child delights in the fear of the Lord and shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears.

This rod of Jesse will stand as a banner to the people, the Gentiles shall seek Him and His resting place shall be glorious…on that day when the child shall lead them…The Lord will set His hand again, the second time, to recover the remnant of His people who are left. This second chance will cause…

Outcasts to assemble….

The dispersed to come from all corners…

Envy to depart

Adversaries to be cut off

Harassment to cease between neighbors

The remnant to conquer

God to make a “high-way” for the remnant of His people as it was for Israel in the day they came up from the land of Egypt.

Who is this child? We should know right? It’s the prophecy of Jesus coming to us as a child born in a manger; a child who grew in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man. A child, who became a man, and changed lives and situations because he walked with a different Spirit.

A Spirit to not judge by the sight of His eyes or decide by the hearing of his ears. A Spirit governed by righteousness as He judges the poor and decisions of equity with the meek. His character of righteousness and faithfulness set Him apart.

As a person who works with children I am encouraged in knowing that these same children can be leaders in their own families, schools and community.

As a visionary I am challenged to believe God for His remnant people that need a second chance God in the place called Plastic City.

As a child of God I am dependent on God to empower me to walk with this Different Spirit with every conversation and situation I encounter.

I am thankful for this child that has led the way from the manger to the cross where righteousness and faithfulness sealed his character. Now the seal of His Spirit rests on us to go and be likewise.

Oh! And….we are not “achieving” this …erase that mentality. Rather we are growing into it as an adopted child of God.

For as many are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by who we cry out ‘Abba Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our Spirit that we are children of God. and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. If indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. “ Romans 8:14-17

~Reposted from Angie Hemrick's blog, which you can find here.