What comes to mind when you think of a promise—a rainbow, a ring, a stump? A stump! That is precisely the image Isaiah used when he spoke of the promised Messiah. He was saying that God would fulfill His promise to David despite impossible odds. The New Testament reveals that God kept that promise when, hundreds of years after David’s dynasty had fallen, Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
But how does this ancient prophecy apply now, in a world in which the strong still dominate the weak and the poor often have no voice? This word from Isaiah, it would seem, still awaits it completion. Even though the King has been revealed, His power is still veiled and His kingdom often grows in ways that are hidden and obscure. As believers and members of the kingdom we are called to wait in faith, seeking to advance the kingdom until Christ comes again, this time fully revealing His power, His justice, and His majesty. On that day perfect judgment will bring forth perfect peace and all God’s people will worship the King, who is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 11:1-4 – There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. 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. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
Isaiah 9:6-7 – For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
- Worship the King (Matthew 1:1-2:12)
- Understand that Jesus is great David’s greater son. (Acts 13:21-39)
- Consider the key of David (Revelation 3:7-10)
- Remember the Root of David (Revelation 5:1-5; 22:16).