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Isaiah 11: The Reign of Jesse’s Offspring

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The Rod. Judah’s destruction by Babylon would almost annihilate the seed of Abraham. However the Divine Judgement spared a remnant. Between them, David’s lineage, called here the “stem of Jesse.” This preservation took place so that the Messiah would come the humankind.

The Lord Jesus is described as a “Rod” which means a new part, a small and fragile bud of a plant.

He would “sprout forth from a tree” in a unpromising appearance, proceeding from a simple family, under circumstances unlikely to a king. In spite of this, the “Bud” grew, and He became the main “Stem” from where the “branches” are born, who are all those that by faith bind themselves to Him and bear fruit for His Kingdom (John 15).

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Jeremiah 20: The Word of God to Pashhur

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Pashhur was a common name at the time and also a title indicating a high position inside of the Temple. The son of the priest immer had this title, which meant that he was a descendant of an important lineage of priests from the time of David (1 Chron. 24.14).

Pashhur used his authority to order the guards of the silence to prophet by condemning him hastily, for he was denouncing the sins of the religious leaders.

Jeremiah was arrested, beaten, and put on the stocks to be tortured, but he remained steadfast.

So not even all the suffering, injustices, and mistreatments were able to make the prophet’s faithfulness and zeal diminish.

On the contrary, he was courageous to raise his voice and say that everyone was on their way to destruction. As for the unrighteous Pashhur, he attracted the wrath of God. In addition to going into captivity, he, his family, and friends were violently killed (v.4).

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Zechariah 2: Vision of the Measure Line

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In the third vision, the prophet sees the chaos in Jerusalem. The end of the Babylonian exile repatriated some of the Jews who had a purpose to rebuild the Temple and restore the holy city and the nation.

This work was difficult, but in this vision, God assured the people that He Himself would come to dwell with His children. At that time, a property was only measured by its owner.

The measurement of Jerusalem, made by the Angel of the Lord, the Messiah, showed that the city is the property God, Who has plans to one day restore it for His glory. In fact, in the Millennial Kingdom of the Lord Jesus, He will be a “wall of fire” around Jerusalem, this is, God Himself will be the protection of the city.

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Zechariah 1: A Call to Repentance

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The eight month corresponds to the period between October and November in our calendar.

Darius reigned in Persia (Iran) from 522 to 486 BC.

The name Zechariah means “the Lord has remembered” and emphasizes God’s faithfulness to His Covenant, with Abraham, Isaac, and Israel.

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