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.
Look at the marks of God removing support and supply from the people, from the land.
“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.”
Oppression and insolence mark a nation bereft of the Lord.
But even though He has removed support and supply, ON THAT DAY “… The branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious,”
Just as Jesus is the true vine (John 15), He is also here THE BRANCH of the Lord.
On that day, He shall be beautiful and glorious.
Too, we see in 4 v6 that the Lord is SHADE and REFUGE for us. SHELTER.
These are all important words, they hold significance and a wealth of meaning we find layered over and over in God’s word.
Praise God for Jesus, the true vine, the BRANCH of the Lord!
* God of refuge and strength, thank You for this passage from Isaiah. Please show us today what you would have us know.
Thank You that here we read of Jesus, Your BRANCH.
Thank You that in You (and You alone) we find SHADE and REFUGE, SHELTER from the storm and rain.