Isaiah 11

Isaiah 11 has the prophet giving us more about the coming Messiah.  “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit”.  Jesus did come from the stump of Jesse. That is the lineage of His family tree.  The royal authority of the house of David had lain dormant for 600 years when Jesus came as King and Messiah. When Jesus came forth, it was like a new green Branch coming from an apparently dead stump.  God delivered on Isaiah’s prophecy and sent His Son.

Isaiah makes it clear that Jesus was something special.  This is God’s Son.  “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 the fear of the Lord”.  The Branch that comes from the apparently dead stump isn’t just barely alive. It is full of life, and full of the Spirit of the Lord. Jesus is perfectly wise in all things. He showed it among us during his earthly ministry, and He shows it now in His ministry towards us in heaven. Jesus understands all things, and He understands us perfectly.

But beyond the qualifications that the Branch will have, Isaiah also paints a picture of the impact.  “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”.  When the Messiah reigns, the world will be transformed.  Enemies will be no more.  There will be peace and a peaceful existence.  Jesus changes everything.  That is the power of Messiah!

Jesus will not just be coming for the Jew, but also the Gentile.  He is Messiah for all people. “In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious”. The glory of the reign of the Messiah will be not only for the Jew, but for the Gentile also. And in that day there will be another Exodus of the Jewish people, delivering them not only from Egypt, but from all nations where they have been dispersed.  “In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people”.  Messiah changes everything.  Oh what a glorious day that will be!

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