“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:(v.1)
Jesus Christ called himself the Son of man. He was God the Son. In becoming man he did did not take the form of angels. “For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?((He.1:5))” When Prophet Isaiah uses the term ‘branch’ it has two meanings. Firstly he is referring to Jesus, as born of Jesse. Though he was the Son of God he would not take the honor of being a direct descendant of Jesse’s most celebrated son, David the shepherd king. Who was David but the man after His heart? The prophet also alludes, certainly inspired by the Spirit to establish the Father-Son relationship of the Most high in human terms. As David was after His heart the Son was His beloved, and we have the testimony of God in both cases. With regards to David, we had in an earlier post referred directly to the passage. The second occurred at the baptism of Jesus.
Another interesting aspect of this chapter is in its panoramic glimpse of Israel and the Gentiles superimposed as it were so the vv.6-9 is evocative of the Garden of Eden, inside the Noah’s Ark and the eternity.’They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain(v.9).”The water motif is also the Spirit’s cue as to indicate there is much more than what is stated. For example the phrase,’Knowledge of the Lord’ draws our attention to the verse,”For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea(Hab.2:14)”. This shall be symptomatic of bearing the name of the Father in the foreheads and connected with the throne of God and of the Lamb at the center of the Holy City of God.
The emblem of ensign is Love of which we have a reference from the Song of Solomon(2:4). From such wealth of details we have to see beyond the nation of Israel and chastening of God as a kangaroo word set in the Salvation Plan of God. For this reason we shall infer that the prophecy in the latter part of the chapter has to do with the Gentile Nations. So history of nations and Israel’s own part are of same weight and subsumed in the Spirit’s overall narrative scheme.
For example consider that Israel is considered as the firstborn when Moses informed Pharaoh to let them go. In connecting with the prophecy of Hosea we have the nation doubling for Jesus Christ. It is what the Gospel of St Matthew attests.
So if Israel was designated as the firstborn what are the Gentile nations but so many brethren? Jesus Christ as the firstborn of all creation. God is a Spirit and let us consider the verse,” For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God(Ro.8:14)”.
The Father-Son relationship, in short requires two narratives and both should be studied as Urim and Thummim were required to find out the divine Will. What the Father requires shall be fulfilled by the Son in due time.
If God willing we shall continue in the coming days with the rest.
2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.