Read the scripture passage through once and then sit silently for one minute. Read the passage a second time and then reflect on the word or phrase that spoke to you.
Devotion: If your Bible has captions yours may identify this section of Isaiah with the phrase “The Branch of Jesse.” The commentators on this passage remind us that in history the Assyrian empire is consumed into what becomes the Babylonian empire and Assyria never rises to power again. As part of this sweeping incorporation of territory, Judah gets consumed as well. But instead of being completely erased from the landscape, God promises through Isaiah that a new branch from the line of Jesse, King David’s father, would emerge and change the world. A person upon whom wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, and knowledge and fear of the Lord had never before been witnessed. The fulfillment of this prophecy was born on Christmas morning a little over 2000 years ago. Have you met him?
Prayer: Glorious God. 2000 years ago you became flesh and walked with us. Immanuel was your name for your were truly with us. But you are still Immanuel; you are with me. Open my eyes that I might fully understand your work in human history but also in the history yet to be written. Help me to see how I am a part of your story and give me the strength to live out the role you have given me. I am glad that we have met and that I am yours and you are mine.
I bless your name. Amen.