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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Cut Jesse Some Slack!!!!!

Cut Jesse Some Slack!!!!!

Having heard these sermons for several years now I can truthfully say we should cut Jesse some slack.  When Samuel anointed David as king, David was not there initially.  It has become the rage to blast Jesse for disrespecting his youngest son, the sermon this weekend included David’s mother in the “let’s hate David club.”  I am not sure what it would be like to be the youngest of eight sons, but I would bet the toughest of Jesse’s sons was David.  Why, he had seven bothers to fight with, that lion and bear never stood a chance.  I would guess that by the time he was anointed, David was the overachieving little brother who would not back down from anyone or anything.

Think about the day Samuel shows up in Bethlehem.  The town leaders were in panic mode, and they had to find Jesse and sons.  David, as the youngest, was tending the sheep, and probably left at first light.  A job every other brother had done when they were the youngest.  David may have been an hour or two walk from town by the time Jesse was told to come with his sons.

In our twentieth century, western mentality it was WRONG to leave David out.  What if it was just normal and practical to hurry to the sacrifice because it would have been rude to keep Samuel waiting three hours while they tried to find the pasture David was tending the sheep in?   Who knows, David may have been composing the 23 Psalm that morning, and it was inconvenient for him to leave in the middle of the tune!

In addition to all of that Jesse is mentioned forty-four times in the NIV.  God did not seem to upset about David’s treatment because in Isaiah 11: 1 and 10, and in Romans 15: 12 the term “the root of Jesse” is used to describe Jesus.  The term “root of David” is used twice in Revelations, chapter 5 and 22.

Okay, I do not know why David was not there to start with.  But this maybe one time to not westernize a Bible story to make a point that was not there.  Saul’s servant in 1 Samuel 16: 18 certainly had plenty of good things to say about David and I find it hard to believe that Jesse was not proud of all of his sons, especially the child of his old age.

In Samuel – The Anointing of David I look at it from Samuel’s side.  I believe it was a test for the old prophet to go and anoint a new king.

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