A Shoot From A Stump

StumpIsaiah Lesson 4: “A Shoot From A Stump” Isaiah 10-12 Pastor Barry Bruce

The “Club of Wrath” Isaiah 10:5,12-13, 15-16, -20-22, Deuteronomy 6:4-7,11b-12, 14

Isaiah prophecies that God will use Assyria to strike down the arrogance,  rebellion and sin of His people.  History reveals this truth, God did use that godless nation as a club to knock sense into His wayward children. In approximately 701 BCE, Sennacherib, king of Assyria, attacked the fortified cities of Judah, laying siege on Jerusalem, but failed to capture it, just as Isaiah had prophesied (Isaiah 10:32-33). God then turned and directed his wrath to  Assyria just as Isaiah had also prophesied (Isaiah 10:24-25). Twenty years later, in 681 BCE, the Assyrian king was killed while worshiping his false god in the temple of Nisroch, he was killed with a sword by his own son. He had ruled Assyria for twenty-four years.

God used a godless nation to discipline His wayward people.  Historically, God has allowed the Jewish people to experience this discipline again and again. (Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, the Byzantine Empires, Islamic and Christian crusaders, The Ottoman Empire, and the British Empire). Finally, in 1948 Israel became a nation once again as prophesied and shall never again be turned over to another. (Amos 9:14-15, Ezekiel 37:10-14)

Among his prophecies, Isaiah even proclaimed that Israel would become a nation in one day (Isaiah 66:7-8).  This actually occurred too.  May 14, 1948— During a 24-hour span of time, foreign control of the land of Israel formally ceased, and Israel declared its independence. Its independence was acknowledged by other nations that very day. The United States issued a statement recognizing Israel’s sovereignty, and, only hours beforehand, a United Nations mandate expired, ending British control of the land. Modern Israel was literally was born in a single day.

Will God Judge America? Hebrews 10:26-30, 2 Peter 2:4-9

In his classic revival book, Sodom Had No Bible, Leonard Ravenhill sites that “God must judge America because he judged Sodom, and Sodom had no Bible”.     Will God allow a “club” of wrath to conquer America as so many nations have conquered Israel? In Hebrews 10:26-30 the apostle Paul warns those who know the truth not to trample underfoot the Son of God and His Blood which sanctified them. He reminds us that “The Lord will judge His people.” The apostle Peter also reminds us that the Lord will hold the unrighteous for punishment.

A Promise for the Remnant Isaiah 10:20-22

Looking back at Verses 20-22 we are reminded that God always has a promise to the   faithful even among His wrath.  God promises, through the prophet, that a faithful remnant will return even though “destruction has been decreed.” God’s wrath would stop and be played out on Assyria.  This promise brings us to Isaiah’s prophecy about the coming   Messiah, Jesus Christ in Chapter 11.   

 A Shoot from the Stump  Isaiah 11:1-3,5

Jesus Christ is the “Shoot” that comes up from the “Stump”(Israel) of Jesse.  Jesse was the father of King David.  The “Stump of Jesse”; therefore, is a picture of Israel cut down by His wrath, but God’s promise to bring redemption and salvation to His people rises up from that “stump!” The Spirit of the Lord rests on Christ. He alone is righteous and faithful.

The Wolf and the Lamb  Isaiah 11:6-9, Revelation 20:2-7             

In prophecy the present, the future coming and the future far off are most often revealed all together.  Here is another example of that in Isaiah 11:1-9.  A prophecy of Jesus’ first and second coming melts together here in one seamless prophecy.  Verses 1-5 speak of Jesus’ first coming where verses 6-12 speak of Jesus’ second coming when the earth will be at perfect peace for a millennia (1000 years) during His earthly reign.

The millennial kingdom is the title given to the 1000-year reign of Jesus Christ on the earth. Some seek to interpret the 1000 years in an allegorical manner. They understand the 1000 years as merely a figurative way of saying “a long period of time,” not a literal, physical reign of Jesus Christ on the earth. However, six times in Revelation 20:2-7, the millennial kingdom is specifically said to be 1000 years in length. If God wished to communicate “a long period of time,” He could have easily done so without explicitly and repeatedly      mentioning an exact time frame. The fulfillment of many of God’s covenants and promises rests on a literal, physical, future kingdom. There is no solid basis for denying the literal interpretation of the millennial kingdom and its duration being 1000 years.

Isaiah 11:6 is commonly misquoted: There are no biblical passages that refer to the lion and lamb lying down together. “The calf, the lion and the yearling together”. Is actually what the verse says. A yearling (or fatling as some versions say) is defined as an animal (especially a sheep, calf, or foal) a year old, or in its second year.  What is truly amazing about this passage is that a little boy will lead them. Now that is amazing.

“My Salvation!”  Isaiah 11:15-16, 12:1-2, John 4:10, 13-14, 25-26             

In Isaiah 11:15-16 the prophet tells of how the gulf of the Egyptian Sea and the Euphrates River will one day be dried up. Today, both of these bodies of water are in serious natural decline.  It is also a fact that the flow of water in both of these places can be controlled by governments. The instability of the regions could easily affect the water flow.  ISIS has already used the dam at Ramadi, Iraq to dry up parts of the Euphrates so they could cross with their armies (6.4.15 CNN).  “In that day” (The time that these bodies of water are dried up) Isaiah prophesied that God’s people, the Jews, will realize that He is their  salvation. “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation”  We Christians know that Jesus is that “water springing up into eternal life”.  Like the Samaritan woman at the well who came to realize who Jesus was, one must come to Him alone to find salvation.

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