The Root of Jesse

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Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 11:1-10

Romans 15:4-13

Matthew 3:1-12

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19

 

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit
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Jesse, the father of David, is used by Isaiah as a stand-in for King David. Jesse was not a king. By referring to David in this way, we see that David did not inherit his monarchy. God chose him to be king. Isaiah is saying that the Messiah will be both inherited and chosen. There were thousands of David’s descendants, but only one became the Messiah, and then a thousand years after David.

The man we know as Jesus, Yeshua, fulfilled every prophecy of the Old Testament. He was the new Adam, the new Abraham, the new Isaac, the new Jacob, the new Moses, the new Elijah, as well as the new David.

Still, while he came to live on earth as a king, he also came as a servant king. He did not seek power or the trappings of power. He remained common and humble. He dedicated his ministry to helping people. In Matthew, chapter 11. when John the Baptizer was in prison and sent his disciples to ask, Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for someone else?” CJB Jesus sent this reply:

The blind see,
The lame walk,
Lepers are cleansed,
The deaf hear,
The dead are raised,
The wretched of the earth learn that God is on their side
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The Old Testament promised the Messiah would do all those things.

I am not of the root of Jesse, nor was I born to be a king. But I have been grafted into that root, and as a child of the King, I can do no less, and no more, than King Jesus did while he walked with us.

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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