The Root of Jesse

The Root of Jesse

A shoot will grow out of the stump of Jesse, his roots a Branch will bear fruit. – Isaiah 11:1

Jeremiah 23:5 I, the LORD, promise that a new time will certainly come when I will raise up for them a righteous branch, a descendant of David. He will rule over them with wisdom and understanding and will do what is just and right in the land.

Trees are broadly classified as deciduous trees and coniferous trees (conifers). The easiest way to identify whether a tree is deciduous or coniferous is by the shape and type of its leaves. Deciduous trees have leaves which are broad. Conifers have extremely narrow and, at times, overlapping leaves.

Coniferous trees when cut down, do not grow back from the stump. There may be offshoots in following years, but they will never be the same. When you cut down coniferous woods, the trees will only grow back from the seeds. When deciduous trees are cut down, new growth sprouts from the stump or root.

The Father is righteous and holy and promises judgment on Israel for its sin and Assyria for being the instrument of judgment that He uses. He promises restoration for the remnant of Israel. But there will be no restoration of Assyria whatsoever.

When the Assyrians devastated the Northern Kingdom of Israel, the destruction was likened to a forest of deciduous trees. They would regrow. But when the Lord was done with the Assyrians, they were lopped off completely. They were compared to coniferous trees that would never grow back. The lofty and proud kingdom of Assyria was toast.

Isaiah 10:33-34

 33 But look! The Lord, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, will chop down the mighty tree of Assyria with great power! He will cut down the proud. That lofty tree will be brought down.

 34 He will cut down the forest trees with an ax. Lebanon will fall to the Mighty One.

Isaiah 10:18-19

 18 The LORD will consume Assyria’s glory like a fire consumes a forest in a fruitful land; it will waste away like sick people in a plague.

 19 Of all that glorious forest, only a few trees will survive – so few that a child could count them!

Isaiah sees far beyond the current trials and judgment of Israel to the coming glorious kingdom. The Father leaves a stump, a root of the house of Jesse behind. A root is an early ancestor within a family’s tree. Jesse’s children survive and become part of the remnant. From the house of Jesse will come David’s greatest son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 11:1–9).


The Father keeps His promises.

Father there are times when it seems like I cannot get any lower than I am. Sadly I often wait until then, to call Out to You. But You are always faithful.


The Assyrians did indeed capture the 10 Northern Tribes and take them into captivity. About 150 years later the two Southern Tribes were taken into captivity by the Babylonians. For 700 years, the people of nation of Israel were little more than stumps cut down by their oppressors. While they were living under yet another oppressor, the Roman Empire, the seemingly dead stump, gave birth to a tender shoot. What seemed absolutely impossible, happened. The righteous Branch of David was born in Bethlehem. He lived a righteous life and died for the sins of the world (John 3:16).

Isaiah and the rest of the Jewish prophets see far beyond the present difficulties of Israel and the worldwide dispersion to come. They see a day when the father’s promised glorious kingdom will be established. The Branch, the Messiah of Israel, the Lord Jesus Christ will reign and do what is just and right

Jeremiah 23:5 I, the LORD, promise that a new time will certainly come when I will raise up for them a righteous branch, a descendant of David. He will rule over them with wisdom and understanding and will do what is just and right in the land.

The Father has kept alive the believing Jewish remnant. Through the remnant the Scriptures have come, and the Messiah has been born. One day a Jewish king will rule the planet Earth from Jerusalem sitting on the throne of David. That day will demonstrate that the Father has always been the ultimate moving force of history.

The Father’s methods may seem strange, even inexplicable. We who are the children of the King experience difficult times. It is as though we have been cut down to the ground and nothing is left but a seemingly useless, dead stump. When times are at their worst in our lives, and everything seems impossible, remember the promise that the Father made to the people of Israel concerning the Branch, the root of Jesse.

At any given moment, we can always invite the Lord Jesus Christ to sit on the throne of our hearts and let Him reign.

The Father has made great and precious promises (2 Peter 1:4). Could it be that He finds our goals and aspirations too limited? We seem to settle for so little, when He has marvelously offered us so much. Many people do not venture far from home. Others find the adventure of travel and going new places and meeting new people exciting. The Father has marvelously promised us that we can share His divine nature and escape the Earth’s corruption and limitations. In spite of all that he offers, do we still live as paupers?

2 Peter 1:4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

“Isaiah’s vision of God can stimulate in us such a longing that we stop settling . . .” (C.S. Lewis).

Revelation 5:5 Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome . . .

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