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12 And again, Isaiah says: “There shall be a root of Jesse; And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, In Him the Gentiles shall hope.”

12 And again, Isaiah says:

Paul now quoted from the prophet Isaiah, who gave a Messianic prophecy (quote from Is. 11:10). In Isaiah 10 there is a rebuke to King Sennacherib about his treatment of the nation Israel. Out of this persecution of Israel God would bring forth a new royal line that would produce the Messiah. God would fetch out of the stump of Israel a new tree, a new royal line from Jesse, the father of King David.

“There shall be a [the] root [shoot] of Jesse;

The shoot here was an offshoot of an established plant that became the root of yet another plant. “Jesse” is a title for the royal Messiah taken from the father of David. The Messiah sprang from the line of Jesse. The descendant of Jesus would be the Savior of Gentiles.

And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,

Isaiah predicted that Gentiles would live under the sovereign reign of the Messiah. Gentiles are no afterthought in God’s economy.

In Him [Christ] the Gentiles shall hope.”

“Hope” is not some empty delight or frivolous thought. It is confidence and certainty in the promises of God.


Christians have a hope that transcends political problems.


God, who destroys Gentiles nations, would become their object of hope. Jesus is Lord of the Gentiles as well as of the Jews. In our day, we watch the arrogance and fallacies of Gentile nations. One day the root out of Jesse, Jesus the Messiah, will conquer all Gentile authority and usher in His Millennial kingdom.

North American is in an era of anti-Christian belief and philosophy. Economies are in trouble. Governments ask Christian ministries to do things contrary to what they believe. But even with all these problems, Jesus will reign one day.