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Deeply Rooted: Remaining Rooted and Grounded in Christ

Lesson: Supported by the Root

“Again Isaiah says, “There shall come the Root of Jesse, and he who arises to rule over the Gentiles, in him shall the Gentiles hope.” Romans 15:12

Exploring Jesus as the Root of Jesse

As the Apostle Paul writes to the Roman saints about accepting one another, he draws on Isaiah’s prophecy of the Messiah being the Root of Jesse. What exactly does that mean? How does it help us in our walk as followers of Christ?

We will examine Isaiah 11:1-10 to gain understanding of Jesus as the Root of Jesse and see how it helps us in our walk of faith.

Isaiah 11:1 begins by stating two things:

A shoot will spring up from Jesse’s stem/stump

A branch will come from his roots

What do these images say about Jesus as the Messiah?

In 11:2 We learn the Spirit of the Lord will rest on the Messiah

Describe the 3 characteristics of the Spirit revealed in this verse.

Verse 3 speaks about the conduct the Messiah.

How will the Messiah conduct himself?

As we read verses 4 and 5, we learn how the Messiah will treat the poor and oppressed.

What actions will the Messiah take on behalf of the poor and oppressed?

How does the New Testament show the fulfillment of this prophecy?

What does this verse say to us about how we should treat the poor and oppressed?

In reading verses 6-9, we see a description of the Messiah bringing about a time of peace in the earth.

What will this peace look like according to verses 6-9?

What will produce the peace?

Is this type of peace present in the world today? Why or why not?

Verse 10 reveals that the nations will come to the Root of Jesse.

What is the result of the nations coming to the Root of Jesse?

Who are the nations?

Let’s compare the words in Romans 15:12 to Isaiah 11:10.

What was Paul’s intended message in Romans 15:12

How does this passage apply to us today?


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