“He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears.” -Isaiah 11:3b
Read Isaiah 11:1-9
Great stories often have a moment when all seems lost. Then, out of nowhere, the hero comes back, finds some unknown or previously untapped source of power and inner strength and becomes capable of meeting the previously insurmountable challenge. The impossible becomes possible; victory is won. A new realm of existence is entered. Isaiah points to this future, to this “turn of fate,” this striking contrast to the current state of affairs.
First, life reemerges from what seemed lost, what was likely written off. Quickly, there is new growth and fruit. Victory is assumed. Immediately, Isaiah describes the new reality. The new realm is not based on the common understandings of the day, and it is much more than a swapped contrast. The way judgments are made and carried out comes from a different, unseen set of standards: justice and righteousness. Those typically overlooked, who go without provision, are cared for. The righteous judge thwarts the wicked with the words of his lips—unlike the typical tolerance of wickedness in our world.
What is the result of the new day described by Isaiah? Peace. Not merely a trading of power from one regime to another and a switch in hierarchical positioning, but a complete leveling. The previous story in which the wicked prevail has ended. This is the result of our story’s climax, the falling action. There is no longer a vying for power and control between various protagonists and antagonists. The one who has complete control prevails and provides. All is well.
Our Lord, our hero, may we trust in your judgments, learn to see with your eyes and live daily with the hope of this reality, enacting kingdom relationships here and now.
Daniel Karkoska, M.A. Marriage & Family Therapy Student,
Student Leadership Team President, Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary