Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 8: A Righteous Branch
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 9th, 2013

Isaiah 11:1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. 

Jeremiah 23:5 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’ 
When it comes to Messianic prophecy, the most prolific of all was the prophet Isaiah. He will be visited and revisited all this month. But in this case, there is a prophet that bears witness to the same thing that Isaiah was saying. This prophet’s name was Jeremiah. They lived in two totally different times. They did not know one another. Isaiah lived through tough times, but Jeremiah lived in a time of political and spiritual upheaval in Israel. But in each case, there was a hope in the future even if the present was unbearable.

King David was the son of Jesse. Therefore, when Isaiah speaks of the “stump of Jesse” and Jeremiah speaks of David, they are talking about the same person. This Righteous Branch is full of messianic promise. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him. Even though Jesus was already Divine, after His baptism the bible says that the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove. The mere fact that at age twelve He was discussing the law of Moses in the temple, shows that He was full of wisdom and understanding. When He spoke in public, the question was raised concerning His education in the law. His teaching and presentation was with authority and no one could withstand Him.

Even though they both are referring to the man Christ Jesus, Jeremiah 23:6 puts it all in perspective. He is not just a man. He will be called “The Lord is our righteousness” or Jehovah Tsidkenu. Jesus Christ is our righteousness. It is the righteousness of Christ that saves us and not our own righteousness. Just as these two prophets bore witness to one another, Jesus bears witness to them by fulfilling their words.

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