At the end of chapter 10 in Isaiah, we read that God in His judgment is going to cut down the nations like the trees of Lebanon. God will wipe out the nations and leave behind some sort of stumps.
In the beginning of chapter 11, it begins with painting a picture saying, "A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.".
Jesse was the father of David, Israel's greatest king. God chose his family as the permanent royal family. God promised here that even though the day would come when it would seem as though David's line would "dry up", God would raise a new shoot from the stump of Jesse to assume the throne of David.
Today we see the world as it is suffering as a result of man's rebellion against God. In verses 6-9, I do not see a picture of the world today, but a world as God created it and maybe intended it. People and wild animals living in harmony with themselves and one another. Hard to imagine - I've always wanted a tiger as a pet......
But there is hope! We read about the Lord's return, and the Lord establishing His Kingdom. All glory will be given to Him on that day!
Chapter 13 provides a tone of triumph for believers - not so much for the others left behind. The land will be completely destroyed and God will clean out all the sinners. I found it ironic how sin and evil is typically done in darkness and we read that the sinners will be punished in darkness. (Isaiah 13:10-11)
It is important for us to ensure that our "seed" in Christ is planted deeply and firmly into good soil. We need to, "hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop-thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown." (Mark 4:20)
Lord, I pray that I would have a teachable heart. Give me the desire to continually add the "fertilizer" required so that I can grow. Let me be a large, healthy plant that provides good fruit, not just one that is pleasing to the eye, but one that would please You.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Isaiah 14-16; Mark 4:21-41