It is said that an appreciation for the beauty of the Old Testament is essential to fully comprehend the magnitude of the New Testament. We trust this review of the prophecies that point forward to Christ are laying the groundwork for just such awareness.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:1,2
Isaiah continues to offer clues to the identity of the One who was to bring God’s promised deliverance. He explains that a man named Jesse will be at the base of the family tree that will bring forth the Redeemer. This is an opportunity to introduce Jesse as the son of Obed, the grandson of Boaz and Ruth. He was a common man, a farmer who raised sheep near Bethlehem and fathered eight sons.