Netser Branch In Israel
Recently I was in Nazareth, the village where Jesus lived until He began His ministry.
While there, I was reminded of an important promise God fulfilled
When He sent His only begotten Son to Earth.
Most people are not aware that olive trees don’t come from the pits found inside olives.
To reproduce, the root of the olive tree must send up a shoot,
called a netser in Hebrew.
The shoot is like a small branch;
and it must be severed from the tree, along with a small portion of the root,
and replanted for a new olive tree to grow.
Nazareth derives its name from the word netzer.
But what does that have to do with the birth of Jesus Christ,
Which took place in Bethlehem about 100 miles to the south?
Speaking of the coming Messiah more than six centuries before His First Advent,
“There shall come forth a Rod from the stump of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots” (11:1).
The word we translate as “branch” is the word netser.
Was it a coincidence that Jesus grew up in a town
named for the branches that spring from the roots of olive trees?
Of course not.
God placed Jesus in a village named after the netser
To point us to the truth Isaiah prophesied more than 2,600 years ago.
Both of Jesus’ genealogies, found in Matthew 1 and Luke 3,
Connect Him with the line of David and David’s father, Jesse.
Jesus’ birth two millennia ago fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy
that God would raise up a Branch from the line of Jesse.
The majority of the promises God made in Isaiah 11 concerning the coming Messiah
will be fulfilled when He returns
to reinstate righteousness and equity on the earth.
When the Branch of Jesse comes the next time,
He will restore God’s theocratic Kingdom on the Earth
And rule over it with wisdom and understanding.
The Christmas season is a reminder that,
as great as the Lord’s First Coming was,
His second Coming will be even better!
May this season of celebrating the birth of Christ
bring you assurance that God’s marvelous plan to redeem the earth
is certain because of the Branch that grew out of the root of Jesse.
Gratefully yours in Messiah,
Jim Showers, DMin
The Friends of Israel