From Isaiah 11:1 comes this stirring promise:
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
This is a well-known passage, but the description of the Messiah in 1a struck me freshly. Isaiah saw that the Messiah would not come out of a massive Davidic oak. He could have. No, in the purposes of the Lord, the Messiah would come as “a shoot” from Jesse’s “stump.” The Lord would lay His people low, humble them, allow them to be slaughtered, such that David’s line was nothing more than a tree stump (see Isaiah 6).
We do well to remember the humility of Jesus’ coming and the situation of Israel in that day and the ages before it. Jesus, Isaiah informs us, came as a twig.