Assyrian is judged and the Root of Jesse
The Lord had given instructions and the people refused to listen.
Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
Isaiah 8:22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.
As we continue in Day 8 of the study of book of Isaiah, we see again what happens to the people when they turn away from God.
In day 6, we read about the gift of the Messiah and his first coming. I searched scripture and got a real good sense of the character of Jesus and how powerful he is. I found throughout the bible we identify our Father God by many many names which helps to remind us of his power, love, grace, mercy and his promises to his people.
Today, we find out about the roots of Jesse?
The first time I heard about a Jesse tree was a few years back, when I was participating in an online bible study, during the Christmas season. I really like the symbols and how it reminds us of something much bigger than pretty decorations, commercialize holiday and gifts wrapped with elegant ribbons and topped with a bow.
In chapter 11:1 of Isaiah we read:
And there shall come for forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
Let’s verse map this:
Come forth – future kingdom, when Christ returns for his second time
Rod – Kingdom as read in Isaiah 24:23 “Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.”
Note: when we see LORD in the bible this is the same as Jesus.
Jesse – King David’s father
Read Genesis 12: 2-3 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Branch – Jesus Christ is the Branch which will restore Israel upon his return
By verse mapping and further scripture, we can understand, Jesus can be traced back to King David and his father Jesse.
Thus the Jesse tree is a family tree from creation to the birth of Jesus.
Fruit – represents Adam and Eve in the garden
Rainbow – represents Noah and the flood
Tent -represents God’s promise to Abraham
Ram – represents Isaac
Ladder – represents Jacob’s ladder
6 pointed star – represents King David
Whale – represents Jonah and the whale
Sheep – represents the shepherds
3 gifts – represent the wise men
Multi-colored rob – represents Joseph’s coat
Bushing bush– represents Moses
Ram’s horn trumpet – represents Joshua and the fall of Jericho
White Lilly – represents Mary
Hammer – represents Joseph as a carpenter
Baby in manger – our Lord and Savior Jesus
Father God, thank you for your word which allows us to find the roots of family and the roots of Jesus. I pray when we celebrate any occasion, we are reminded what family means and how you provided all of us a free gift which anyone can receive. Amen
Thank you for joining me on Day 8 of my study on the book of Isaiah. Stay tuned for Day 9, when we read about the Burden of Babylon and the promise God has made to his people in chapters 13 – 23.