Isaiah 11:2 Jesus, The Spirit Rests

Isaiah 11:2 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.

The Gospel accounts of Matthew and John confirm Jesus is the person who the Spirit of the Lord will rest. Matthew 3:16-17 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

Jesus is not the first king blessed with the Spirit of God. David was indwelled with the Spirit. This is an example of an Old Testament believer who was indwelled with the Spirit.  1 Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

Wisdom: chokmah in the Hebrew. It means: skill in war, in administration, shrewdness, prudence in religious affairs, skill in ethical and religious endeavors.

Understanding: biynah in the Hebrew. It means: discernment, faculty.

Counsel: `etsah in the Hebrew. It means: advice, purpose.

Strength: g@buwrah in the Hebrew. It means: strength, might, valor, bravery, mighty deeds (of God).

Knowledge: da`ath in the Hebrew: It means: perception, skill, discernment, understanding, wisdom.

Definitions provided by Strong’s Concordance.

Notice, wisdom and knowledge are different. Biblical wisdom is about the application of a knowledge base. Doing what one knows.

Fear of the Lord: The term yara’ (noted in Proverbs 1:7 and Isaiah 8:12) is the common word for fear in the Old Testament and has a basic three-fold range of meanings: (1) “dread; terror” (Deuteronomy 1:29, Jonah 1:10), (2) “to stand in awe” (I Kings 3:28), (3) “to revere; to respect” (Leviticus 19:3). With the Lord as the object, it captures the polar opposites of shrinking back in fear and drawing close in awe and adoration (NET Bible notes).

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