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Isaiah 11

 INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH CHAPTER 11

From the stump of Jesse a root will produce a branch and God will give him extraordinary powers and he will be clothed in fairness and usher in a time of peace for he is the prince of peace.  The prophet paints a picture of wild animals lying down with tame animals to depict the peacefulness of the messiah.  He further sees the Messiah reaching out to the four corners of the earth and bringing back the remaining exiles. Isaiah paints a picture for us of the drying up of rivers and building roads so that the exiles can return.  You are invited to explore the exposition and scripture references.

EXPOSITION TO ISAIAH CHAPTER 11

1And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

The line of David will be chopped down and from the stump of Jesse will come forth a sprout that will grow into a mighty tree.

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THAT CORROBORATE THE TEXT:

Isa 53:2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Rev 5:5  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Rev 22:16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.  Read:  Isa 11:10; Rth 4:17; 1Sa 17:58; Mat 1:6; Act 13:22-23; Rom 15:12; Isa 4:2; Mat 1:16; Jer 23:5; Zec 3:8; Zec 6:12   

2And 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 of the fear of the LORD;

This life giving spirit will fill him with wisdom and understanding it will supply him with direction and the fear of the Lord.

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THAT MAKE THE CASE:

Isa 42:1-4  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.  He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.  A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.  He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;  Read:  Joh 1:32-33; Joh 3:34; Joh 16:13

 3And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

This shoot from the stump of Jesse will have a sharp intellect and will not  judge after appearance or listen to hear say.

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THAT ILLUMINATE THE TEXT:

Isa 33:6  And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

Luk 2:52  And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

 4But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

He will step forward for the poor and exploited and defend their cause; he will speak and just the breath from his lips will destroy the ruthless.

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THAT INDORSE THE TEXT:

Psa 45:6-7  Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.  Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  Read:  Jer 23:5-6; 2Sa 8:15; Mat 11:5; Isa 61:1; Rev 19:15

5And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

He will put on work clothes, tighten his belt of justice, roll up his sleeves with fairness and build up righteousness and faithfulness in the land.

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THAT LEND EVIDENCE TO THE TEXT:

Isa 59:17  For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke

Psa 93:1  The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.

 6The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

Wolves will live with the lambs; leopards will share his bed with the kid goats, calves and lions eating from the same trough, beef cattle and lions laying down in mid-day together and a little child leading them with a lead rope.  In those days wolf and lamb, lion and bullock, will dwell together.  Daniel has a lion with eagle’s wings and a leopard with a fowl’s wings and four heads in Dan. 7, which represented the kingdom of Persia and Greece.  When kingdoms stopped acting like animals and laid down their arms and become peaceful with their neighbors it could be said that the wolf was laying down with the lamb.  When Israel returned from captivity wolf and lamb, lion and bullock are dwelling together.  In the scriptures a lion with four wings represented Babylon and it receives a heart transplant (heart of a man) and becomes human.  Persia is represented under the image of a bear with three ribs in its mouth.  (She had eaten up Lydia, Babylon and Egypt), Greece was represented as a leopard with four wings of a fowl.  Isa. 14:29 “Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.”  Ahaz is dead but out of this serpent’s root (Ahaz), a snake will come (Hezekiah) and from his roots will come a fiery flying serpent (Manasseh).  Even though the rod is broken his son will be a worse scourge than his father and out of him will come a fiery flying serpent.  This King of Israel (Manasseh) was represented as a flying fiery serpent, (he was always flying off the handle and had a hot temper)  Israel was represented as sheep.  Jesus was represented as a Lion and a lamb.  Herod was the fox and false teachers were represented as wolves.  Babylon was represented as a dragon or a serpent.  Ethiopia was represented as flies.  Egypt was represented as the crocodile of the Nile.  Syria was represented as bees and hornets.  Jacob was represented as a worm.  Finally, let me point out to you that we name our ball clubs hornets, dolphins, wolves, bears and beavers.  In conclusion, it was no strange thing that wolves and lambs were eating together, (a peace pact was made between nations) lions were eating with oxen.. Snakes were eating dust and not biting their children.  After careful examination of the scriptures you will arrive at this conclusion:  Israel has returned from captivity and Persia rules the world and all the nations were under this one world government and so the wolf was dwelling with the lamb and the leopard was lying down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together and dust is the serpent’s meat.  In todays language; we might say of two ball clubs that the Jaguars were having dinner with rams.  Peace had finally arrived and Israel (Lamb) was lying down with Persia (bear).  See Daniel chapter 7.

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THAT DEMONSTRATE THE TEXT:

Isa 65:25  The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.  Read:  Eze 34:25-26; Hos 2:18

7And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

Cows and bears grazing in the same pasture; calves and cubs sleeping together:  Lions eating straw like oxen.

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THAT ILLUSTRATE THE TEXT:

Isa 27:1-3  In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.  In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.  I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.

Dan 4:16  Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.  Read:  Dan 5:21; Dan 7:4

8And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.

Picture a  toddler playing in a den of poisonous snakes and putting its hand into the den of a viper.  See comments on verse 5

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THAT AUTHENTICATE THE TEXT:

Isa 59:1-5  Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.  For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.  None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.  They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.  Read:  Psa 140:1-3

 9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

They will not hurt nor harm for the whole earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD like the ocean that is filled with water.

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PRESENT OVERWHELMING PROOF OF THE TEXT:

Isa 11:13  The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.

Isa 60:18  Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.  Read:  Job 5:23

 10And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

On that day the root of Jesse will be like a plane flying overhead with a streaming banner announcing salvation and the Gentiles will flock to him and find salvation.

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THAT ATTEST TO THE TEXT:

Rom 15:12  And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

Rev 22:16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.   Read: Gen 49:10; Joh 3:14-15; Joh 12:32; Isa 60:5; Isa 66:12; Mat 2:1-2; Mat 12:21

 11And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

God will reach out his hand the second time and they will see the rallying banner and the remnant left over will come from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and From Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

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THAT ARE CONCLUSIVE AND FINAL:

Psa 68:22  The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:

Jer 23:7-8  Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;

8  But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.  Read:  Jer 30:8-11; Jer 33:24-26; Eze 11:1617; Zec 10:8-11; Isa 27:12-13; Mic 7:12; Isa 19:23-25; Isa 42:4; Isa 66:19; Jer 31:10; Zep 2:11 Act 2:8-11

12And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

The rallying banner will be flying high and it will signal the Gentile nations and they will assemble all the outcasts of Israel and the dispersed of Judah from one end of the earth to the other and bring them home.

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THAT RATIFY THE TEXT:

Isa 27:13  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

Isa 43:6  I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;  Read:  Isa 49:11-12; Isa 56:8; Deu 32:26; Zep 3:10   

13The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim

The rivalry between these two nations will be removed; the jealousy between them will cease and they will not fight each other any more.

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THAT BEAR OUT THE TEXT:

Jer 3:18  In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.

Eze 37:16-24  Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:  And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.  And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?  Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.  And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.  And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:  And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:  Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.  And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.

Hos 1:11  Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

14But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.

These blood brothers who are now united in a common cause will swoop down upon the Philistines along the seacoast and then lay a strong arm on Edom and Moab and Ammon in the East of Judea.

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SPEAK VOLUMES ABOUT THE TEXT:

 

Zep 2:5  Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.  Read:  Oba 1:19; Zec 9:5-7; Isa 59:19; Isa 66:19-20; Isa 25:10; Isa 60:14; Joe 3:19; Amo 9:12; Oba 1:18             

 15And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.

Picture the tongue of the Red Sea dried up with a mighty wind as if God shook his hand over the gulf and at the same time shaking his hand over the Euphrates river and reducing it to seven streams and men walking across it without getting their feet wet and you have a picture of God bring the exiles home after the captivity.

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THAT SHED LIGHT ON THE TEXT:

Isa 50:2 When I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.

Isa 51:9-10  Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?  Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?   Read  Zec 10:10-12; Isa 19:5; Psa 74:13-15; Eze 29:10-20

16And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

The prophet sees a highway constructed from Assyria to Egypt and that the people who had been in captivity would travel this highway on their return from exile.

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THAT VERIFY THE TEXT:

Isa 19:23-24  In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.  In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land:

Isa 27:13  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.  Read:  Isa 35:8-10 ; Isa 40:3-5; Isa 42:15-16; Isa 48:20

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