The Branch

Isaiah 11:1-2, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 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;…”

Jeremiah 23:5-6, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.”

Zechariah 3:8, “ Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch.”

Zechariah 6:12, “ And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord:…”

Throughout the Bible we read of titles used to teach us about the Lord. He is the Word, the Light of the world, the only begotten Son, the lamb of God, the King of Israel, the Passover, and etc…. One of the titles used in the Old Testament Prophecy to teach us about the Lord is the “Branch.” Revelation 22:16 teaches us that He is “the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” The Lord is David’s Son and his Creator at the same time, amazing and true.

The verses previously cited, tell of four ways the Lord is declared unto us as the “Branch.” Jeremiah 23:5-6 declares the Lord the “Branch” the King. Zechariah 3:8 declares Him as the “Branch” the “servant.” Zechariah 6:12 declares Him the “Branch” the perfect “man”. And Isaiah 11:1-2 declares Him to be the “Branch” the eternal Son of God. These four perfectly coincide with the four Gospels of the New Testament. Matthew presents Him as our King; Mark presents Him as the perfect servant of the Father; Luke presents Him as the perfect man; and John presents Him as the eternal Son of God manifested in perfect humanity.

But why? The answer: So we, His little children, may know more about Him Who loved us with an everlasting love. That we know more about Him Who suffered and died in our room and stead on the cruel cross of Calvary. That we may know more about Him Who is coming back to get us one day and take us home to the heaven He prepared. Our King; the Perfect Servant; the Perfect Man; and the Eternal Son of God. May God bless us with a greater desire to know more about Him, our Savior. Amen!

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