The Jesse Tree–Day Thirteen

Today’s reading was about the man from whom the Jesse Tree gets its name: Jesse, father of King David, the stump from whom the shoot that is the Messiah comes (Isaiah 11:1-5). The focus of the reading was the prophecy in Isaiah, after Jesse, and his famous kingly¬†descendants¬†had lived, but long before the time of Christ, which stated that the Messiah would come from Jesse’s line:

“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” Isaiah 11:1

We had a great discussion about how a shoot, something new and growing, can come forth from a stump, which is dead, and how this represents Christ overcoming death and destruction, and giving believers eternal life.