Isaiah has some of the most memorable and beautiful passages in the Bible. Judgment and mercy are the constant twin themes of this book. The Branch of the Lord is the promised Messiah of King David’s family. Other Biblical metaphors of parallel meaning are the seed of David; the stump of Jesse; the tender shoot.
* Faithful God, please open our hearts to Your word today.
“And the people will oppress one another, every one his fellow and every one his neighbour; the youth will be insolent to the elder, and the despised to the honorable.”
Look at what happens when God removes support and supply from the people.
Oppression and insolence mark a nation bereft of the Lord.
But even though He has removed support and supply, there is the promise that ON THAT DAY,
“… The branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious,”
In John chapter 15 we read that Jesus in the true vine.
Here we see that He is THE TRUE BRANCH of the Lord.
On that day, He shall be beautiful and glorious.
The Lord is our SHADE and REFUGE, our SHELTER.
These are all important words. They hold significance and a wealth of meaning and hope that we find layered over and over again through all of God’s word.
Praise God for His word to us!
* God of refuge and strength,
Thank You for this passage from Isaiah.
Thank You that we read of Jesus, Your BRANCH.
Thank You that in You we find SHADE and REFUGE, SHELTER from the storms of life.