The root of Jesse: the hope of Israel.
“For there is hope for a tree,
If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And that its tender shoots will not cease.” Job 14:7
The weakening of Syria left the the door wide open to attack by the Assyrians (2 Kings 14:28). The kingdom of Israel was divided, weak and attacked on every side. Isaiah had a very complex situation on His hands. Those days were very critical, but one thing stood steadfast and sure: The prophetic Word of God given to Isaiah…
“There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.”
The situation of Israel during the time of Isaiah resembles so much what is happening today. What is happening in Israel and its neighbouring countries is creating a ripple effect around the whole world. Nevertheless, in these times we do not live as those who have no hope. Be comforted, Emmanuel our God is with us!!!
Our God is a covenant keeping God. The prophecy given to Isaiah, that “a rod would emerge from the house of Jesse,” was given at a time that there was barely nothing left of Judah. It had been brought very low. A rod and a branch (twig) signify weakness. The house of Jesse, David’s line had been cut down to a stump at the time of Christ’s birth. Let the weak say they are strong! The Messiah would come from the least expected place. He was born to an obscure family, in a place of complete humility.
The promises of God never fail. Emmanuel is with us (Isaiah 7:14), full of mercy and compassion. He is the hope of Israel and the everlasting deliverance for all His children, both Jew and Gentile. The yoke is destroyed. Halleluya! Jesus carries the anointing that breaks the yoke of this world (Isaiah10:27).
© Ruth Dickson Author Online Day 10 “Behold Emmanuel” 10th December 2015
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