A Branch Will Bear Fruit
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.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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.