Daily Devotion – March 17, 2018

Isaiah 11:2

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

 

The Messiah’s anointing with the spirit of the LORD is expressed in three pairs of spiritual attributes. The first, “the spirit of wisdom and understanding”, relates to powers of mind: wisdom discerns the nature of things, while understanding discerns their differences. The second, “the spirit of counsel and might”, relates to practical activity: counsel is the ability to adopt right conclusions, while might is the power exercised in carrying them out. The third pair, “the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord”, relates to fellowship with Jehovah; the knowledge here is the knowledge of God.

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