Wednesday, November 13, 2013

THE SHOOT FROM THE STUMP OF JESSE: Isaiah 11:1-5

ATTENTION: DAY 13 - 19 ARE PROPHECIES THAT CANNOT BE FOUND IN THE BEGINNER’S BIBLE, BUT CAN EASILY BE READ FROM A REGULAR BIBLE

DAY 13: THE SHOOT FROM THE STUMP OF JESSE
          
Link: Isaiah 11:1-5        
             
Symbol: Tree Stump with Green Shoot

What is a prophet? Why is prophecy important in God’s word? How did this prophecy offer hope to God’s people? Do you remember who Jesse was? How does this prophecy relate to Jesus?

BBC BACKGROUND: ISAIAH 11

Reign of the Righteous Branch

This is a Scarlet Thread of Redemption passage. Isaiah foretells the day when a shoot will spring forth from the seemingly dead stump of Judah. Isaiah glimpses a day when his people’s trials will be over, a glorious kingdom will be established, and a Messiah comes to reign (11:1-9). Jesus would come from the line of David to be that Messiah and King (Review the Davidic Covenant in 2 Samuel 7. Also see Romans 1:3; Revelation 5:5, and 22:16.). We also see the promise of the Spirit (11: 2-3a) in this passage. Isaiah refers to the Holy Spirit more than any other Old Testament prophet (11:2; 30:1; 32:15; 34:16; 40:13; 42:1; 44:3; 48:16; 59:21; 61:1: 63:10-11, 14). All three persons of the Trinity are suggested in 11:1-2.


REFLECTION

As I type this morning, there is a sense of holy awe that fills my heart. Jesus, the shoot from the stump of Jesse will come again in all His glory and He shall reign!

There is something so awesome about reading this prophecy knowing that it was given more than 500 years before Jesus’ birth (Matthew 1:6; Acts 13:22,23)!

APPLICATION

This is the passage where the Jesse Tree gets its name. I hope you have found the time to make your own Jesse Tree for this Christmas! 

PRAYER

Lord, the more I know Your Word, the more I see how You have perfectly planned everything. Your prophecies are true. Thank You that the root from the stump of Jesse lives in my heart today! Amen. 
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