1 And a shoot will sprout from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. 2 And the spirit of Yahveh will rest on him– a spirit of that is wise and understands, a spirit that encourages and makes strong, a spirit that knows and fears Yahveh. 3 And he will inspire the fear of Yahveh. And he will judge not by what his eyes see, and he will correct not by the rumors his ears hear. 4 But he will judge the poor with righteousness, and he will decide for the needy of the land with integrity. And he will strike the land with the rod of his mouth, and he will kill the wicked person with the breath of his lips. 5 And righteousness will be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. 6 And a wolf will live as an alien along with a lamb, and a leopard will lie down with a kid, and a calf and a lion and a fatling together and a small boy will be tending them. 7 And a cow and a bear will graze; their young ones will lie down together. And a lion will eat straw like the cattle. 8 And one nursing will play over a serpent’s hole, and one who is weaned will put his hand on a viper’s hole. 9 They will not do harm and they will not destroy on all of my mountain of holiness because the land will be full of people who know Yahveh, like water covers the sea.
inspiring the fear of Yahveh
This amazing time that Isaiah describes is brought about by an amazing man, a descendent of Jesse as David was. Isaiah is drawing a comparison between the king of Assyria’s soon-to-be failed attempt to capture Jerusalem, and this coming Messiah’s future rule from Jerusalem. Assyria’s reign was accomplished by violent attacks with his weapons and armies, but the Messiah will destroy his enemies by merely speaking a word of judgment against them. Assyria created lands full of armies that attacked and conquered. The Messiah will create a land full of peace, where the beasts will lie down peacefully beside the small children. Assyria oppressed the poor and needy. The Messiah would champion their cause and bring them justice.
All of this will happen because the spirit in the Messiah will be God’s Spirit. He will inspire others with a knowledge beyond what a person can see and hear normally. He will bring them to a relationship with the LORD that respects his authority and power, and a love for him as their Father from the sky.
All of this will ultimately happen when Jesus Christ returns to this planet as he has promised. But we do not have to wait for the Messiah’s return to live in the fear of Yahveh. The righteousness, peace and joy that he inspires is the fruit of walking in step with his Holy Spirit today.
LORD, inspire us to walk in the fear of Yahveh, and manifest your righteousness, justice and peace.
 Romans 14:17.