Christmas Verses – The First Coming #14

Isaiah 11:1 NIV

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

Verse 1 – 9 is a beautiful discourse that tells of Jesus, the gifts of the Spirit (1Corinthians 12:7), and things that will occur during His reign. This is one of six verses in the Bible that refer to “the Branch.”  This one stands different in that it uses the word nester for branch, and this Branch is coming from Jesse, David’s father.  Verse ten continues using Jesse as the source instead of David.  The fact that the metaphors of roots and stumps are used must have galled the royal family, because it means that they will be cut down!

This metaphor of trees and forest being destroyed actually starts in 10:12, but here it is the king of Assyria and his people are the trees that are cut down.  10:17 identifies the “Light of Israel” as being the source of fire that will consume them.  Once again, the promise of the Messiah is nestled in the middle of an oracle of judgement.  This section closes with a praise song, all of chapter 12 is a beautiful praise about the Lord being our salvation and strength.  This section (Chapter 10 – 12) also uses the two forms of Lord. (See Lord/LORD.) (See Cut Jesse Some Slack)

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