Isaiah 11:1 – The Branch – By Pastor Don Moore

Friday, January 15, 2010

Isaiah 11:1 – The Branch by Pastor Don

Isaiah 11:1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

Pastor Don feels that a Bible study is not only about a person teaching but about teaching the attendees how to do their own Bible studies. We used our concordances in the back of our Bibles to try and figure out what the root, branch and stem from Jesse is. Some of us knew, but for those who didn’t we did the research. As people found references they called them out so we could draw a conclusion.

Jesse was David’s father, and this passage is talking about the branch.

John 15 speaks about the branch, the roots, and gives us the revelation of how we function in the vine.

Zechariah 6:12-13 Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, and He shall build the temple of the LORD; yes, He shall build the temple of the LORD. He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule on His throne; so He shall be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”’

Isaiah 4:2 In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious; and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing for those of Israel who have escaped.

John 15:2-6 (Jesus speaking)  Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

Jeremiah 23:5-6  Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Jeremiah 33:14-16  ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David a Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’

Zechariah 3:8 Hear, O Joshua, the high priest, you and your companions who sit before you, for they are a wondrous sign; for behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH.

Isaiah 11:1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

God’s plan is eternal, the spreading of the Gospel of the Messiah. God has a plan and a place for you.

Revelation 5:5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

Where does fruit hang out?  On the branch. Jesus is the primary branch from which we swing.

Isaiah 4:2 In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious; and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing for those of Israel who have escaped.

It is a continuum, God brings fruit and we are the fruit. God is the one who determines the fruit, not our will. God establishes us and puts out good food. God is strong and we are weak.

Isaiah 11:1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

Coming from the root of Jesse – David was from the root of Jesse. Abraham was the spiritual root.  Both Abraham and Jesse had the fear and admonition of the Lord. Jesse’s son, David, fought battles for Israel. David was strong in the Lord.

We need to look at the beginning of Abraham’s ministry.  Ur of the Chaldees was the birthplace of Abraham. He came out of a place that we know as Afghanistan. It was not desolate at the time of Abraham, it would have been much like our Hudson Valley, with trees, beautiful foliage, mountains. Ur was the oldest developed civilization. There would have been terraced gardens, fountains, and wonderful art. It was the cradle of civilization. God came to Abraham and told him to pull up his stuff, leave this beautiful place and go someplace, a place God would show him. But God didn’t tell Abraham where He was taking him.

Pastor Don mentioned that when someone says, “Siberia” we think of it only as a desolate wasteland, but in some places it is a beautiful, a place where Asians go to visit. We get warped cultural pictures. Most of us think of Ur as a backwards and desolate place.

Abraham was leaving a beautiful place with all of his stuff and being sent to a murderous place. His wife, Sarai was also full of faith to go with him. This place that Abraham was going had no law, no police, no organizations, it was for all practical purposes wilderness. But Abraham believed God and went.

Chapter 9 and 10 of Isaiah is directed to Israel and is a picture of Israel. It is a twofold revelation, not just for Israel in 700 BC, but as a spiritual picture of what will happen to Israel. It shows us that what happened to Israel will happen again. Israel is on a roller coaster ride, for they are a stiff-necked people. They hear God’s blessings, then they go away from God, suffer consequences, repent, and then come back to God.

We too let our lives become like roller coaster rides, where we have problem places until we come to our senses. When we are aware of those in our family that are unsaved it is very painful for us, for we want them to get fixed.

The promise of God is that the fatness will destroy the yoke. Often you have to leave one place to get to a higher place, and then readjust to that higher place of existence.

NEXT LEVEL – NEW DEVIL

But the devil only has his same old tricks to try out on us in our new level. He wants to convince us to let go and give up. To see to it that you don’t get back into the boat. But there are no new tricks up his sleeve. He will try to depress you, discourage you, and give problems about betrayal. Anything that served, in the past, to pull you down, he will try them again.

But JESUS, THE KING OF KINGS, LORD OF LORDS IS GOING WITH US!!!

We can be on that roller coaster and lift our hands and enjoy the ride. The main thing to do is to not get out of the car. If you get out of the car the devil can isolate you and cause havoc in your life, but if you stay in the car with Christ and with the fellowship, the ride will take you to new levels.

When the devil is trying to slap you around, pull out your Bible and tell him, “I’ll read to you what God says.”

Have a blessed day,

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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