The Root and The Offspring

"There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 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 the fear of The Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear of The Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide 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 he shall slay the wicked." (Isaiah 11:1-4 RSV)

The Lord Was The Origin Of David's Throne

When the Israelites left Egypt in the Exodus, The Lord was their King (1 Samuel 8:7). Through His servants Moses and Aaron, He led them, He taught them (see The Ten Commandments), He protected them, He even fed them (see What Was Manna?) - and as such, they were unbeatable. The people however eventually decided that they didn't want The Lord as their King; they wanted a mere man instead, as was the custom of the ungodly nations that surrounded them.

After their first choice for a king, Saul, proved to be a poor and unstable leader, David was chosen, by God, for the position - beginning a long line of kings of the Israelites (see Israelite Dynasties and Kings of Israel and Judah). The Lord permitted it, and is allowing it to play itself out for His purpose.

From the line of David was eventually born The Savior (see The Chosen People). Jesus Christ is the legitimate heir to that throne, but He is also the origin of that same throne because The Logos of God that allowed humans to occupy it in the first place was the same Who was later born as Jesus Christ (see Rock Of Ages). The "Throne of David" has in fact always belonged to Jesus Christ, and it always will.

Fact Finder: Is Jesus Christ both the "Root and the Offspring" of King David?
Revelation 22:16

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This Day In History, September 13

81: The Roman Emperor Titus (reigned 79-81) died at age 42. As a military commander before succeeding his father Vespasian, it was Titus who conducted the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 A.D.

122: Construction began of Hadrian's Wall in Britain during the time the island was under Roman occupation. Named after the emperor Hadrian (reigned 117-138), parts of the 120 kilometer (75 mile) wall remain visible today.

1321: Italian playwright Dante Alighieri died. His farce Divine Comedy was the inspiration for much of the Vatican's development of the doctrine of an ever-burning hell fire and Purgatory.

1515: King Francis of France battled the Swiss army under Cardinal Matthias Schiner at Marignano in northern Italy.

1549: Pope Paul III ended the first session of the Council of Bologna.

1609: Henry Hudson entered what would later be named New York harbor and claimed the area for Holland.

1759: The Battle of The Plains of Abraham, fought at the western edge of Quebec city, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The English under James Wolfe, 32, defeated the French under the Marquis de Montcalm, 47, ending French and Indian Wars and settling the political future of Canada. Both leaders were killed. The place is named for Abraham Martin, a ship's pilot who owned part of the land.

1788: New York City was designated the capital of the United States. The first U.S. President, George Washington, was inaugurated there. A new capital city, built on lands adjacent to the Potomac River that had been donated by Maryland and Virginia, was named after Washington, who preferred the name "Federal City."

1922: The highest recorded shade temperature, 58 degrees Celsius / 136 degrees Fahrenheit, was recorded at Al Aziziyah, Libya.

1942: During the Second World War, the German army began its all-out attack on Stalingrad against stiff Soviet resistance.

1961: The U.S. launched into orbit, and later recovered, an unmanned Project Mercury capsule in preparation for the first manned orbital flight, which took place the next February by John Glenn.


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