Hope in the Root of Jesse

As I shared we will finish our excursion into HOPE where we started: with Jesus. The verses below continue to point to Jesus as the HOPE of man. They prophetically proclaim that the Gentiles have a share in the future Jehovah promised in the Old Testament. As Gentiles, our share in God and His kingdom comes through Jesus. Listen to what Paul references below from Romans 15:11-13.

11 And again,

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;
let all the peoples extol him.”[e]

12 And again, Isaiah says,

“The Root of Jesse will spring up,
one who will arise to rule over the nations;
in him the Gentiles will hope.”[f]

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Root of Jesse is a clear reference to Jesus. It is verifiable in the genealogical account listed in Matthew 1. That account lists Jesse as the Father of David. David, as king, being the human ancestor of Joseph who is earthly father of Jesus. Verse 12 is a quote from Isaiah 11:10 which says, “10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.”

It is clear that Hope in the Root of Jesse is the only Hope we have. When we trust in Him, He will fill us with all joy and peace, so that we may overflow with Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  JOY and PEACE to you today.


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