In last Sunday's morning sermon (3/24) titled "As the Waters Cover the Sea" Liam Goligher continued his sermon series "The Gospel According to Isaiah." Liam reminds us that we're nearing the end of the first section of Isaiah which functions as an overture to the rest of the book. Here in chapter 11 we are pushed forward in time to the end of history, into the future when the Messiah shall reign over all. The immediate context is one of devastation (chapter 10), a depiction of Assyria, Judah, and Northern Israel as a fallen forest.
But by chapter 11 we have turned a corner (Isaiah 11:1). After the hardening of hearts that God ordained, the true, believing, remnant of Israel still has a future because of Immanuel, God with us. Though all that's left after the aforementioned desolation is a stump, from that stump will come forth a shoot—an individual will emerge as the King that we need. And in chapter 11 we learn about this Messiah's:
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