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by Wayne Bandy

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      Isaiah - Chapter 11 (Contemporary English Version)
    1. Like a branch that sprouts from a stump, someone from David's family will someday be king.
    2. The Spirit of the LORD will be with him to give him understanding, wisdom, and insight. He will be powerful, and he will know and honor the LORD.
    3. His greatest joy will be to obey the LORD. This king won't judge by appearances or listen to rumors.
    4. The poor and the needy will be treated with fairness and with justice. His word will be law everywhere in the land, and criminals will be put to death.
    5. Honesty and fairness will be his royal robes.
    6. Leopards will lie down with young goats, and wolves will rest with lambs. Calves and lions will eat together and be cared for by little children.
    7. Cows and bears will share the same pasture; their young will rest side by side. Lions and oxen will both eat straw.
    8. Little children will play near snake holes. They will stick their hands into dens of poisonous snakes and never be hurt.
    9. Nothing harmful will take place on the LORD's holy mountain. Just as water fills the sea, the land will be filled with people who know and honor the LORD.
    10. The time is coming when one of David's descendants will be the signal for the people of all nations to come together. They will follow his advice, and his own nation will become famous.
    11. When that day comes, the Lord will again reach out his mighty arm and bring home his people who have survived in Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Ethiopia, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the land along the coast.
    12. He will give a signal to the nations, and he will bring together the refugees from Judah and Israel, who have been scattered all over the earth.
    13. Israel will stop being jealous of Judah, and Judah will no longer be the enemy of Israel.
    14. Instead, they will get together and attack the Philistines in the west. Then they will defeat the Edomites, the Moabites, and the Ammonites in the east. They will rule those people and take from them whatever they want.
    15. The Lord will dry up the arm of the Red Sea near Egypt, and he will send a scorching wind to divide the Euphrates River into seven streams that anyone can step across.
    16. Then for his people who survive, there will be a good road from Assyria, just as there was a good road for their ancestors when they left Egypt.

Isaiah - Chapter 11

Entered: July 06, 2004
The message is one of hope for Israel but I can't tell the time period to which it refers. Israel will be restored and the nations that wrecked havoc on it will be destroyed. Most specifically this is described for Babylon. Is there a universal message here? I would take it to be God's care for His people - all His people and not just Israel. There will be hard times that God's people will go through, at least some of those will be a result of their sin. But God restores His people. They will not be defeated forever. There is victory in the end.

Entered: July 15, 2010

Isaiah now shifts from talk of Israel's sin and destruction and from destruction of Assyria, who was God's instrument to strike down Israel, to looking into the future to when the Messiah will reign. It is doubtful that Isaiah knew how far into the future these events would occur or realized that there would be two advents of the Messiah and these events would take place in the second advent. This chapter describes the millenial reign of the Messiah which is yet to occur. 

Unlike the leaders of Israel in Isaiah's day, the Messiah will lead with justice and will always do what God the Father leads Him to do. Those who were oppressed by the unjust leaders of Israel will benefit from the justice of the Messiah and the wicked will experience His discipline. The curse that came upon creation when sin was introduced will be lifted under the reign of the Messiah. Thus wild animals will live in harmony with domesticated animals and with humans.

On that day, the day of the Messiah, Israelites will be fully restored to their country from all the nations of the world to which they have been scattered. It will be like a second Exodus for God will divide the Gulf of Suez and split the waters of the Euphrates so the people can walk through. He will provide a highway "for the remnant of His people." (11:16) The restored Israel will no longer be harassed by her enemies for she will defeat them and have supremacy in the land. But Israelites will not be the only people who benefit from the reign of the Messiah, for the Messiah will "stand as a banner for the peoples. The nations will seek Him, and His resting place will be glorious." (11:10)