The Rod of Jesse
Ever since I was a child, I have loved the Advent Carol "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." Although it is sung in the weeks leading up to Christmas, it is looking forward to Jesus' return and the events preceding it when All Israel will be saved (Romans 11:26 NIV).
Last night in my spirit I saw a picture of a shepherd with his staff. He was standing in a field covered with snow. In the field were a couple of sheep and I could see a few more in the surrounding fields. I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit say that it is still winter and the sheep are few in number but spring is coming. Spring is the season for lambs to be born. Like Jacob's herd in Genesis 30, there will be a supernatural increase in the flocks.
This morning when I listened to the Advent Carol again, I heard the words "rod of Jesse" with the image of a shepherd's rod:
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan's tyranny From depths of hell Thy people save And give them victory o'er the grave
The "Rod of Jesse" is sung in different versions of the carol as "root" and "shoot" which are all descriptions of a Shepherd's staff made from a branch of a tree. The words come from Isaiah 10 verses 1 and 10:
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.....
In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples;
the nations will rally to him,
and his resting place will be glorious.
Isaiah 11:1-3, 10 NIV
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