â€œIn that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.â€Â Â Â (Isaiah 4:2)
One of the fascinating titles of the promised Messiah is that of â€œthe Branch.â€ Here He is called â€œthe Branch of the Lord,â€ along with â€œthe fruit of the earth.â€ As the first, He is â€œbeautiful and glorious.â€ As the second, He is â€œexcellent and comely.â€ â€œAnd there shall come forth a rod out of the stem [or â€˜stumpâ€™] of Jesse [that is, the father of King David], and a Branch shall grow out of his rootsâ€ (Isaiah 11:1).
In addition to the two references in Isaiah, there are two in Jeremiah and two in Zechariah. In both Jeremiah passages, He is a Branch of David. â€œBehold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branchâ€ (Jeremiah 23:5). See also Jeremiah 33:15.
In Zechariahâ€™s prophecy, He is called Godâ€™s servant and Godâ€™s man. â€œFor, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCHâ€ (Zechariah 3:8). â€œBehold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORDâ€ (Zechariah 6:12).
This fourfold presentation of the Branch of David, the Branch as a servant, the man who is the Branch, and the Branch of the Lord beautifully corresponds to the fourfold gospel depiction of Christ as King (Matthew), Servant (Mark), Perfect Man (Luke), and Son of God (John).
Just as a branch when it first begins to shoot forth appears small and fragile and easily broken, so would the Messiah first appear to be inconspicuous and unattractive. â€œFor he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry groundâ€ (Isaiah 53:2). Yet this same fragile branch will one day become a great vine with innumerable branches (John 15:5) that will spread its excellent fruit throughout all the earth. HMM