This and future articles on Isaiah will be posted here at Fire and Hammer. On Sunday evenings at Carr Lane Baptist Church I am preaching through the book of Isaiah, only in a “survey” type fashion. I pray the Lord’s Spirit will guide you in the study of His Word.
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 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 of the fear of the LORD…” Isaiah 11:1-2 (KJV)
If we take a moment and consider the title of this post we might take a thought toward created things; and that would not be wrong to do. It is however necessary that we see the Creator becomes a created being in the “stem of Jesse”, “a Branch” and later on in the chapter (v. 10) “root of Jesse”
What we see of this one who will come from “the stem of Jesse” is that He is “a rod”, and “a Branch” shall grow out of His roots. This is a deep rooted prophecy of the coming of the Messiah of Israel. It speaks of His humanity. It speaks of His humility, and from whence He comes.
His life is lived in the “Spirit of the LORD” and that Spirit rest upon Him and I don’t believe it to be wrong to say, here, even within Him. Holy wisdom, spiritual understanding, and divine counsel and power comes only from the Spirit of God. When we have a good and healthy relationship and fellowship with the LORD, then there will also be a right reverent fear of the LORD as well.
In verse 4 we find that this Individual will, “with righteousness” judge the poor. Could this be the “Poor in spirit to which Jesus refers in Matthew 5:3? He will destroy the wicked with “the breath of His lips” (Revelation 1:16; 19:15).
In the future kingdom of this King there will be peace throughout the whole earth; even within the animal kingdom (vv. 6-9), and such knowledge increasing unlike anything we have ever known (v. 9).
This “root of Jesse” is an ensign or banner to the nations that are on earth. They will seek Him and find Him, and all His people [Israel] will come to Him from the ends of the earth (vv. 10-12). The return of Israel to the LORD will be even greater, more spectacular than was the first exodus from Egypt.
Be ready for our LORDs return. Jesus is coming soon.
-Tim A. Blankenship