Isaiah 11:1-8

Scripture: from verse 3

He will be inspired by fearing Adonai

Observation:  The passage is prophesying the coming of Yeshua, and how He will bear the Spirit of wisdom and truth and power and will judge with justice and generally be a really good king.

I didn’t understand what this phrase meant, so I used Blue Letter Bible to look up the Hebrew.  “Fear of the Lord” is simple enough (rendered slightly more complicated by the fact that He is the Lord, but I figure that’s His problem.)  “Be inspired by” is a single word, and it means “smell.”

Smell??  You’ve got to be kidding.

But it really is smell.  The word is closely related to the word for breath (which also means wind and spirit – never let it be said that Hebrew doesn’t reuse words for no reason) and that’s probably why the translator chose “inspire,” with its connection to breathing.

So what we’re seeing here is that the fear of the Lord gives discernment that is as natural as breathing and instinctive as smell.  That Yeshua recoils from injustice or deceit the way I recoil from a sippy cup of milk that got left out for too long and spoiled.  The reaction to darkness or hate is not just conscientious objection, but visceral revulsion.

Application:  Fear the Lord, I guess?  This isn’t so much about choices we make as about what happens in us when we follow the Lord.

Prayer:  Yeshua, I don’t have this kind of visceral reaction.  Not to my own sins, at least, which are pretty much the only ones I have any authority over.  But apparently you do.  Please help me to smell out righteousness and love the way you do.  Amen.


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