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A Branch Will Bear Fruit

December 22, 2016

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A Branch Will Bear Fruit

In the Old Testament,  various prophets  referred to the coming Savior as a “branch”.     That is exactly what Jesus was.     God promised Abraham  and a number  of Abraham’s descendants  that the Savior would come from their family line.     Then the Old Testament follows  the lives  of a number  of these descendants.

When a couple has a number of children,  each child is a “branch”  of their family  —  a part of the family tree.     As the generations pass by,  there are many branches  to a family.     It gets complicated.     The Israelites kept track  of their genealogy  for the purpose of their inheritance.     And,  behind all that  was a means of proving  who the Savior really was.     The true Savior  had to be in certain branches  in his family’s ancestry.

Some of those listed  for the Savior’s ancestors  had to include Abraham,  Isaac,  Jacob,  Jesse,  and David.     These were all ancestors of Jesus,  just as prophesied.

So,  when Isaiah describes  our Savior Jesus,  he wrote in Isaiah 11:1-5,

A shoot  will come up  from the stump  of Jesse;
from his roots  a Branch  will bear fruit.      

The Spirit  of the LORD  will rest  on him —
the Spirit  of wisdom  and of understanding,
the Spirit  of counsel  and of might,
the Spirit  of the knowledge  and fear  of the LORD —
and he will delight  in the fear  of the LORD.      

He will not judge  by what he sees  with his eyes,
or decide  by what he hears  with his ears;
but with righteousness  he will judge  the needy,
with justice  he will give decisions  for the poor  of the earth.      

He will strike  the earth  with the rod  of his mouth;
with the breath  of his lips  he will slay  the wicked.      

Righteousness  will be his belt
and faithfulness  the sash  around his waist.

As we see Jesus  in this prophecy,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for fulfilling  all of Your word  in Christ.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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