The Branch from Jesse

Lee DeYoung

READ : Isaiah 11:1-10

More than any other prophet, Isaiah built Israel’s expectations about their coming Savior. This venerable prophet spoke of a child who would be born, a son who would be given to become the perfect leader for God’s people. Despite the destruction of the kingdom of Judah, the Messiah would emerge as “a shoot from the stump of Jesse” (King David’s father). David’s dynasty will be restored and the Savior will reign forever.

This exalted Messiah will do more than execute perfect judgment. “The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him” (v. 2). He will be the world’s Savior: “In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious” (v. 10).

Among those peoples who will one day rally to worship Jesus Christ will be the Chamar, the Balmiki, and the landless laborers of India. These Hindu peoples are treated as outcasts by most of their neighbors. Many are Dalits oppressed people who often live on the outskirts of towns and villages. Dalit communities are enclosed by high walls to protect other castes from being polluted by the sight of them. Yet, Isaiah boldly predicts a coming day when “The earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (v. 9).

Pray that these peoples will rally to Jesus today.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, You are the refuge of the oppressed. Hallelujah!