Spirit of the Lord

Spirit of Knowledge and Fear of the Lord

Spirit of Knowledge and Fear of the Lord

Series, Spirit of the Lord
This is the final article based on Isaiah 11:1-2 where he identifies attributes of the Spirit of the Lord.  The last couplet or pairing is the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Recently my daughter’s family decided to have hobo dinners.  For those that may not know what that that is - Hobo dinners are foil pack meals that usually contain hamburger, potatoes, and carrots.  The foil pack is laid on the coals of a campfire to cook.  In this case their campfire is built in a fire pit made of a shallow steel bowl resting on four legs. Rebekah, our daughter, dutifully warned two and a half year old Eli, to stay away from the fire pit because it was hot and he would be hurt if he touched it. Now, Eli took his mother’s warning to heart. A little while later Rebekah approached the fi
Spirit of Counsel and Strength

Spirit of Counsel and Strength

Series, Spirit of the Lord
So far we have looked at the Spirit of the Lord and the spirit of wisdom and understanding in our exploration of Isaiah 11:1-2.  The second phrase used to describe the Spirit of the Lord is the spirit of counsel and strength.  If you missed the previous articles they can be found HERE for Spirit of the Lord and HERE for spirit of wisdom and understanding. Ever program a GPS for a destination, follow its instructions, and wonder, as you travel down a narrow country road in the middle of nowhere, if it knows what it is doing? The counsel, advice, and leading of the Holy Spirit can seem like that at times. Even in the gospels we see the Holy Spirit leading Jesus in ways we don’t understand.  For instance, consider the first place the Spirit led Jesus. It wasn’t to the local synagogue to an
The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding

The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding

Series, Spirit of the Lord
One day some Pharisees and some supporters of Herod attempted to trap Jesus. Traps have three components, the deception of safety, the bait, and the hook.  In this case, the deception was flattery, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any.”  The bait was the temptation to be counted among the movers and shakers of society, “Tell us then, what do You think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?”  But Jesus perceived the trap and wisely turned the trap back on them. Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites? “Show Me the coin used for the poll-tax.” And they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He said to them, “T
The Spirit of the Lord

The Spirit of the Lord

Series, Spirit of the Lord
For the next few articles, we are going to explore the Holy Spirit using Isaiah 11:1-2 as our guide. In many ways the Holy Spirit is a mystery to us, being only partly revealed in scriptures. We do know that He participated in the ministry of Jesus and that He convicts, gifts, and guides believers. Yet we are never told His name. Isaiah 11:1-2 provides a prophetic picture of Christ. “Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” (Isaiah 11:1–2, NASB95)   For those who may not be familiar with the history of the Old Testament; Jesse is the father of king David, the genealogie