(The verb tense of the Hebrew word translated grow in English
indicates that the actuality of Jesus growing up and maturing
at some point in the future is already an accomplished fact.
Even though the tender shoot, Jesus, would grow up
unnoticed, unacclaimed, insignificant, and ordinary in the eyes of the world,
the Lord Himself is hovering over Him,
tenderly watching over His Son in His human form,
a tender, humble life, in all its human frailty,
even as a loving mother carefully tends to her child.
Today, though we may be insignificant in the eyes of the world,
though our lives may be filled with hurt that is unnoticed by others,
the Lord carefully watches over us today just as He did His Own Son.)
and like a root out of dry ground.
(This Son of God will come forth from a root
from the stump of a tree that had long been considered dead,
from the "root" of Jesse, King David's father,
and from the House of David having been long been reduced to no influence.
From this dead stump, Jesus will be like a root
growing in a desert place, out of dry, inhospitable ground,
springing out of a lineage from which no life of royalty was thought possible.
Jesus did not grow up in the home of a king,
with all the majesty that attends such people,
but, rather in the home of a poor family whose lineage was traced to David.
Though we may be poor and broken in others' or even our own eyes,
we, too, are a root that the Lord has caused to spring up
out of the stump of our past, out of the very brokenness from which we come.
As He tenderly tends to us, the offshoot which is our life in Him
becomes a strong root and He makes us royalty because we belong to Him.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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