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A study of the Branch in the Bible.

Q14: What does the Branch mean in the Old Testament?

Hypothesis: What does the Branch mean?

Introduction: Many people say Jesus was born of a woman and they assume this started as a SEED in the normal human way. But Jesus was not born in an ordinary way, nor did His birth come from earthly parents.

Strong's 5342. "Across the nations travels the HEAD" to preserve. Hebrew word: "netser"
This study looks at the symbol of the Branch and what this means. Notice the Hebrew word branch (Strong's 5342) is also the same word as the verb Strong's 5341.

There is another Hebrew word "tsemach" similar to "branch or preserve", Strong's number 6780. In Ancient Hebrew the word reads "The travelling flow outside"

Method: All verses studied and examples shown to the reader.

Conclusion: There is some beautiful poetry pictures in Scripture. The branch is a simile of how Jesus would come and grow on earth in order to preserve us, His people.

Discussion:

(1) Isa 4:2 ¶ In that day shall the Branch "tsemach" of the LORD "Yahweh" be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

The branch is a member of Yahweh.

(2) Isa 11:1 ¶ And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch "netser" shall grow out of his roots: Isa 11:2 And 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; Isa 11:3 And 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: 4 But 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.

Think of the symbol, a branch shall grow out of His roots. The roots is Son-Yahweh, the branch that grows out would be another form in the likeness of human flesh. Consider the passage:-

(2) Isa 11:1 ¶ And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch "netser" shall grow out of his roots: Isa 11:2 And the Holy Spirit administrating the character wind of Father-Yahweh shall rest upon the Branch , the Holy Spirit administrating the character wind of wisdom and understanding, the Holy Spirit administrating the character wind of counsel and might, the Holy Spirit administrating the character wind of knowledge and of the fear of the Father-Yahweh; Isa 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Father-Yahweh: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4 But 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.

Re 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. Re 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Notice more pictures of the BRANCH

(3) Isa 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud "tsemach" , and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the 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.

Notice the BRANCH comes out of the ground without any boasting or comeliness...or beauty...

The Branch symbol tells us Jesus came with divinity as well as humanity. A Branch does not begin as a Seed, for its orgin is already there, so there is only need for a branch to form, first as a shoot of humanity until the child comes forth looking like an ordinary child on earth.

A poem about the Branch, written as a Hebrew poem in Isaiah 52:13 to 53:12:-

A servant, the Branch will prosper

He will be raised and lifted up

But there were many who were appalled

As He drank that bitter cup.

Because His appearance was so disfigured

Beyond that of any man

And His form marred truly beyond

The likeness of human man.

Captured were the nations that marvelled

As they saw His face grow dim

And Kings will shut their mouths

Because of the looks of Him.

Death for them had not been told

Yet still they will see

And what they had not heard

Was plainly revealed to Thee.

Except who has believed our message?

And to whom has the arm

To whom has the Lord revealed

Who seeks His hidden balm?

For He grew up like a tender shoot

Like a root out of dry ground

He had no beauty or majesty

To attract us to His gown,

God made nothing of His appearance

That we should desire of Him

He was despised and rejected by men

A man of sorrows and sin.

He was familiar with all suffering

Like one from whom men hide

He was despised and sorely beaten

No one cared if He had died.

I saw Him take up our infirmities

And carry our sorrows rejected

Yet we considered Him stricken by God

Smitten by Him and afflicted.

Just then He was pierced for transgressions

With our iniquities He was crushed

The punishment that was brought upon Him

Gave us peace while He was hushed.

Knitted by His wounds were healed

Like sheep have we all gone astray

And while the Lord laid on Him our iniquity

Each of us turned and went his way.

Lo’ He was oppressed and afflicted

Yet His mouth was not open

Like a lamb led to the slaughter

His lips not a word was spoken.

Maimed by oppression and cruel judgement

He was unfairly taken away

He was cut off from the land of the living

Because of people’s transgressions that day.

Now assigned a grave with the wicked

And with the rich He lay dead

Though He had done no real violence

Nor any deceit had He said.

O’ it was the LORD’S will to make Him suffer

Make His life and offering of guilt

He will prolong His days and offspring

For in His hand His will was built.

Perhaps after His soul has done much suffering

He will see in His life a great light

By His knowledge will many be satisfied

And many servants be made right.

Quietly He will bear their iniquities

The Lord will make Him great

He will divide up the spoils with the righteous

Because His life was poured out for Hate.

Raised with transgressors numbered

For He bore the sin of many

And made intercession for sinners

To restore His own to plenty.

We can now move on and consider other points raised in the Deen Show.

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