Day 8 Study of book of Isaiah

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.

christmas gifts

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

jesse tree.jpg



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.




10 thoughts on “Day 8 Study of book of Isaiah

  1. Actually, LORD in all caps represents the tetragrammaton, which is the name of God in Hebrew. It represents God the Father, not Jesus. Just FYI.

  2. I do see this- Lord

    There are various Hebrew and Greek words so rendered.

    1. Heb. Jehovah, has been rendered in the English Bible LORD, printed in small capitals. This is the proper name of the God of the Hebrews. The form “Jehovah” is retained only in Exodus 6:3; Psalms 83:18; Isaiah 12:2; 26:4, both in the Authorized and the Revised Version.

  3. As well as this:
    In scripture, the Supreme Being; Jehovah. When lord in the Old Testament, is prints in capitals, it is the translation of JEHOVAH, and so might, with more propriety, be rendered. The word is applied to Christ, Psalms 110:1. Colossians 3:16. and to the Holy Spirit, 2 Thessalonians 3:1. As a title of respect, it is applied to kings, Genesis 40:1. 2 Samuel 19:7. to princes and nobles, Gen 42. Daniel 4:19. to a husband, Genesis 18:1. to a prophet, 1 Kings 18:1. 2 Kings 2:1. and to a respectable person, Gen 24. Christ is called the lord of glory, 1 Corinthians 2:8. and lord of lords, Revelation 19:1.

    • Ps.110:1 “The LORD said to my Lord….God said to my King, Master. Col.3:16 is lower-case Lord, which means Master. This nomenclature is always used of Christ by the apostles. Christ is never referred to in the gospels or epistles as LORD. In Mark 12:29, Jesus utters the Shema and uses LORD to speak of his Father. Gen.24 speaks of the LORD GOD and also used the term Lord, in the same fashion as Master, nobleman. Rev.19:1 speaks of God the Father, not the Son. 1 Ki.18:1…again, this is LORD (tetragrammaton). You will never find confusion between Father and Son in the Bible in the original language, but only in translator errors. The persons of God and His Anointed One are always separate, because God is one. Consider the following verses: Jn.14:28 “…I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I”, and this: 2 Cor.1:3 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies…”(KJV). You’ll notice that Paul never once confuses God the Father with Jesus. He never says, for instance, “Our God Jesus”, or “God the Son”. We are reading the Old Testament texts in error if we think that references to LORD are speaking of Christ, although there are passages, such as the passage in Is.11 (which you quote appropriately in your essay) DO speak of Messianic redemption and the WORK of Christ.

      I use a variety of sources, such as the Koren Jerusalem Bible, the KJV, the NASB, ESV and I rely on the literal Hebrew and Greek for translation discrepancies. We must understand that every English translation is just that, a translation. I don’t use a dictionary often.

  4. I am using the Websters Dictionary 1828. What reference are you using?

  5. The LORD in all caps denotes the attempt by the English translators to mimic the work of the Jewish scholars who crafted the Septuagint. In Jewish tradition, the sacred name of God is not to be spoken or written except in the Holy Language,and only at specific times, therefore they always used circumlocutions around this Name when speaking of Him. Names such as HaShem, Adonai (Hebrew) and Father (Abba), Heaven, etc. were used in place of the sacred Name. This is the background for understanding the all-caps LORD vs. Lord.

  6. btw I like that you are taking a Messianic journey through Isaiah! Great way to present the gospel, for sure!

  7. Hi there! I found your blog via the Solidarity challenge. Thanks for sharing…..Annette

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