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ADVENT 2019 | A Righteous Branch

12.09.19 | Advent | by Dave Dietz

ADVENT 2019 | A Righteous Branch

    December the 9th finds us in the book of Isaiah chapter 11 verses 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.

    In the book of Jeremiah chapter 23 verses 5-6 we see:

    “The days are coming,” declares the LORD,
    “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
    a King who will reign wisely
    and do what is just and right in the land.
    In his days Judah will be saved
    and Israel will live in safety.
    This is the name by which he will be called:
    The LORD Our Righteous Savior.

    And in the book of Revelation chapter 22, verse 16:

    “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

    We can see that Jesus is a descendant of David in Matthew 1:1, in Matthew 21:9 & 15, in Mark 11:10, in Luke 1:32 & 69, in Acts 13:34, and in Revelation 5:5 & 22:16.

    Jesse is David's father, through whose roots the Messiah would come. The word "Branch" in Isaiah 11:1 (above) is a title applying to the Messiah. This Messianic title can also be found in Isaiah 4:2, Jeremiah 23:5, Jeremiah 33:15, Zechariah 3:8 & 6:12.

    Isaiah 11: 2 (above) lists the Holy Spirit imparted attributes that would enable the Messiah to judge in a supernatural way. As the Spirit of the Lord came upon David when he was anointed king, so did the Spirit come upon David's descendant, the Messiah. We can see that in Matthew 3:16

    As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.

    Isaiah 11:3 (above) tells us the way the world judges things, the way an ordinary human king would gather the information needed to govern, with his eyes and his ears. But the beginning of Isaiah 11:4 (above) tells us that the Messiah will judge with righteousness and justice. And who will this benefit? It will be in favor of the poor and the needy.

    The ornament that goes on the tree for today is a small Branch from the root of Jesse with two small pieces of fruit on it, representing the Messiah.