Isaiah 11:1-12:6 Comments by Stephen Ricker
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The Branch From Jesse
Comments for Study 9

Isaiah 11:1-12:6
Memory Verse: 11:1

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I. A Shoot Will Come From The Stump of Jesse (1-9)

>1. What is the promise God gives his people?

* Isaiah 11:1 "A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit."

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>Who is the shoot from the stump of Jesse; the Branch? (2 Sam. 7:12-16)

* 2 Samuel 7:12-16 "When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.'"

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>2. What is the power source of the Messiah? (2; Psalm 51:11)

* Isaiah 11:2 "The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD"

* Psalm 51:11 "Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me."

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>Why does he delight in the fear of the Lord? (3a)

* Isaiah 11:3a "and he will delight in the fear of the LORD."

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>3. How is his righteous judgement described? (3b-4a)

* Isaiah 11:3b "He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth."

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>What was his only weapon? (4b)

* Isaiah 11:4b "He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked."

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>What was the essence of his actions? (5)

* Isaiah 11:5 "Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist."

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>4. What will the world be like when the Messiah rules? (6-8)

* Isaiah 11:6-8 "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest."

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>What will Jerusalem be like? (9)

* Isaiah 11:9 "They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea."

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>And all the world?

* "the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD"

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>When will this be?

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II. The Root of Jesse will Stand as a Banner (10-16)

>5. What does the "in that day" mean?

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>What does "the banner" signify? (10)

* Isaiah 11:10 "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."

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>What was predicted to happen a second time that has been fulfilled? (11-12)

* Isaiah 11:11-12 "In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth."

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>What has happened amongst all the nations as well?

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>6. What does Ephraim and Judah represent? (13; Gen. 41:50-52, 48:17-20, 49:8-10, 49:22-26)

* Isaiah 11:13 "Ephraim's jealousy will vanish, and Judah's enemies will be cut off; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim."

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>7. When would the fulfillment of the Messiah begin? (14-16: John 10:16)

* Isaiah 11:14-16 "They will swoop down on the slopes of Philistia to the west; together they will plunder the people to the east. They will lay hands on Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites will be subject to them. The LORD will dry up the gulf of the Egyptian sea; with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand over the Euphrates River. He will break it up into seven streams so that men can cross over in sandals. There will be a highway for the remnant of his people that is left from Assyria, as there was for Israel when they came up from Egypt."

* John 10:16 "I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd."

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III. Song of Praise (12:1-6)

>8. What can be learned about the Lord in verse 1?

* Isaiah 12:1 "In that day you will say: "I will praise you, O LORD. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me."

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>What does the Lord save us from? (2)

* Isaiah 12:2 "Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation."

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>What does his salvation bring? (3)

* Isaiah 12:3 "With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation."

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>9. What direction are we given concerning his salvation? (4)

* Isaiah 12:4 "In that day you will say: "Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted."

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>How did Jesus repeat this command? (Mark 16:15-16)

* Mark 16:15-16 "He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."

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>10. In light of his gracious salvation what are we to do? (5-6)

* Isaiah 12:5-6 "Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you."

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