January 30th, 2015

John 15, abide in me


The snow is falling in big scattered flakes.

That's the way my mind feels - like a sky speckled with a scurry of confusion. Just a few minutes ago, everything felt in order and now everything feels unfinished and cluttered. What I was interested in now seems dim. These unfocused thoughts cause stress just by their disjointed nature. Focus and detail are so much more appealing.

Well, I jotted down all the to-do's and listed them out by category. Not everything needs to be done today (not everything could be done today), but I can start in one corner of the list.
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Messiah, Son of David

Prophecies of the Branch

"In that day the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious;
And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing
For those of Israel who have escaped." Isaiah 4:2

"There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
His delight is in the fear of the Lord,
And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
And faithfulness the belt of His waist." Isaiah 11:1-5

"For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground." Isaiah 53:2

"'Behold, the days are coming,' says the Lord,
'That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
A King shall reign and prosper,
And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell safely;
Now this is His name by which He will be called:

"'Behold, the days are coming,' says the Lord, 'that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah:

'In those days and at that time
I will cause to grow up to David
A Branch of righteousness;
He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
In those days Judah will be saved,
And Jerusalem will dwell safely.
And this is the name by which she will be called:

"...behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH." Zechariah 3:8

"And [Joseph with Mary and Jesus] came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, 'He shall be called a Nazarene' (Hebrew word natzer, meaning branch)." Matthew 2:23
ephod, high priest, breastplate, remember, hoshen

On Joash

Miscellaneous thought that I want to consider more later:

God performed a miracle when he saved Joash (2 Kings 11; 2 Chronicles 22-23). For 7 years, the young king was hidden in the temple until he was revealed and the murders were judged. God has sent His Son, but He has not yet been revealed to the whole world as the King. Is Jesus also waiting for a time in the heavenly temple until the time is right for him to reign upon the earth?