"There are many prophetic words used to describe the message and meaning of Jesus Christ in the book of Isaiah. Today’s reading is a great example. Jesus’ job description comes to us from across time and space. Isaiah prophesied around 750 BC, meaning about 750 years before Christ was even born. The first nine verses of Isaiah, chapter 11, describe the power and intensity of the holiness of the Messiah. He is described as
coming from the line of Jesse. Though Jesse was King David’s father, it is not David who is being described here. “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots” (ISAIAH 11:1). This Rod and Branch growing from the family of Jesse and the royal family of Judah is someone divine, as further prophesies will make even sharper. As wild as his words may have seemed to those around him, it is
amazing that the prophet Isaiah never scaled down the messages he received from God.
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