“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him” (Isaiah 11:1-2)
All through the Old Testament, people are hoping for the Messiah. He is the Redeemer God has promised to the first humans after their relationship with God was broken by sin. Little by little, God revealed more information about this coming Messiah. For example, that He would be born in the royal line of David, the son of Jesse.
However, this prophecy seemed not to come true! Although God had promised that David’s descendants would reign forever, about 600 BC the people of Israel were exiled as a judgment on their recurring sinful behavior. The majestic “tree” of Israel was chopped down because they were unfaithful to the Lord, and their royal line seemed to be extinguished. How could that be? Had God forgotten about His promise? Was all hope lost?
No, Isaiah tells them. “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse”. He won’t come as a majestic king at first, but grow up “like a root out of dry ground” (Isaiah 53:2). God will fulfill His promises in unexpected ways.
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