What Hope! An Eden Prophesied - LSB 342

This hymn is a wonderful poetic retelling of Isaiah 11. Stephen Starke (b. 1955), Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Amelith, MI is the author. The tune (CONSOLATION) comes from John Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second, which was published in Harrisburg, PA in 1813. CONSOLATION is most well-known for being used with The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns (LSB 348).

Stanza One:

What hope! An Eden prophesied Where tame live with the wild;
The lamb and lion side by side, Led by a little child!

This stanza particularly references Isaiah 11:6, “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.” Before the Fall in Eden there was no death, violence, or anything of the sort. We eagerly await that day when peace will once again reign. But who is the One who brings about this day we long for?

Stanza Two:

A shoot will sprout from Jesse’s stem, A branch from David’s line,
A Prince of Peace in Bethlehem: The fruit of God’s design.

Isaiah 11:1: “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” The promised One is Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Prince of Peace who would restore Paradise again. The King of kings and Lord of lords was born in a lowly manger to redeem His fallen creation.

Stanza Three:

As banner of God’s love unfurled, Christ came to suffer loss,
That by His death a dying world Would rally to the cross.

Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection on the third day is the pivotal event in all of history. Through His death He destroyed the power of sin, death, and the devil, and on the third day He rose again, giving us His life to be our very own. We have this as a sure and certain hope right now. We do still live in this world and have to deal with being in the fallen creation, but we do not lose hope, because we know how the story ends: Jesus wins!

Stanza Four:

Come, Jesus, come, Messiah Lord, Lost Paradise restore;
Lead past the angel’s flaming sword -- Come, open heaven’s door.

We now eagerly await Christ’s second coming where He will proclaim His victory once and for all and do away with the trials and tribulations of this world. As baptized children of God, we know that we will live with Him in the New Heavens and the New Earth, paradise made perfect again. And so we pray with the Apostle John from Revelation 22:20: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”