Repost: November 22, 2014
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"Branch" - Day 22 Isaiah 11:1-3 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 might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
Earlier, we discovered Jesus as the True Vine, now we take a step back and look at the prophesy of him as the Branch. What will this Branch be like? Here we see, this is a fruitful Branch, full of the Spirit. God did not give us an infertile Branch, but set up a life-giving Branch. This Branch could pass on to us wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and fear of the Lord. Many prophets were given wisdom by God, even understanding. Daniel the prophet was gifted in counsel. Sampson the judge was given might. Solomon the king had knowledge. Even demons have fear of the Lord. But only Jesus had all of these qualities perfectly, and only Jesus could truly delight in the reverent fear of the Lord. Thanks be to God for our perfect Branch, from whom we can grow to bear these amazing fruits.