Root of Jesse – Word Nerd Wednesday

For this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday I get to share with you the significance of Jesus being called the Root of Jesse.

Root of Jesse

“And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse who shall stand as a banner to the people, for the Gentiles shall seek Him and His resting place shall be glorious.”

Isaiah 11:10

Growing up we had a large tree in the back yard that had to be cut down. I can’t remember why it needed to go, but I do remember the green shoots that would sprout up every spring. My dad chopped it as close to the ground as he could with his chain saw, but the stump and the root remained. Despite begin cut down, the tree still had life.

Israelites Cut Off

God used the Babylonian army to destroy beloved Jerusalem because of the Israelite’s persistent unbelief. Their family tree, traced back to father Abraham, was essentially cut to the ground. But He graciously allowed a “root” to remain. Many Israelites were carried off into captivity and lived in Babylon for 70 years. Among them were descendants of King David, who was the son of Jesse (1 Samuel 17:12-58). It is from this “root” that that we trace forward to the lineage of Jesus.  

Interestingly enough, however, this Root of Jesse was not just to give life to the Israelites. Our verse today specifically says that the Gentiles would seek Him. This is proof that God intended salvation for all the earth’s inhabitants from the beginning. For those of us not of Jewish decent, this is the affirmation of our inclusion in His promises. God united Jews and Gentiles alike under the banner, or flag, of His Son, Jesus Christ. 

Paul put it this way, in his letter to the Romans:

“You will say then, ‘Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.’ Well, said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore, consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. 

Otherwise you also will be cut off. 

And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, 

will be grafted info God is able to graft them in again.”

Romans 11:19-23

By Faith We Have Been Grafted In

Belief in Jesus makes us a part of His family tree. God originally traced His family ties by the blood lines of the Israelites, but now He establishes His heritage by faith. 

All those who believe will find themselves at ease – still, quiet, comfortable – resting in the promise of His salvation by grace. Once cut off and dead in our sin, those to whom God gives the gift of faith are grafted in to the Root of Jesse and receive eternal life from Him.

From Jesus, the Root of Jesse, eternal life springs forth for all people. 

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3 thoughts on “Root of Jesse – Word Nerd Wednesday

  1. This root of Jesse, I am so very thankful for. I think of God’s faithfulness in this…as He promised and fulfilled that promised. Thankful I can be grafted in to this lineage!

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