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Isaiah 1-10 Isaiah 11 Isaiah 12-41 Isaiah 42-48
Isaiah 49 Isaiah 50-51 Isaiah 52-53 Isaiah 54-66

Subject Prophecy Fulfillment
The Messiah would be a descendant of Jesse. Isaiah 11:1a Luke 3:23-32
The Messiah would grow up in a poor family. Isaiah 11:1b Luke 2:7
The Messiah would have the full Spirit of God upon him. Isaiah 11:2a Matthew 3:16-17
The Messiah would have the Spirit of Wisdom. Isaiah 11:2b Luke 2:40
The Messiah would have the Spirit of Understanding. Isaiah 11:2c Luke 2:40
The Messiah would have the Spirit of Counsel. Isaiah 11:2d Matthew 7:28-29
The Messiah would have the Spirit of Might. Isaiah 11:2e Matthew 8:27
The Messiah would have the Spirit of the Knowledge of God. Isaiah 11:2f John 7:29
The Messiah would have the Spirit of the Fear of God. Isaiah 11:2g Hebrews 5:7
The Messiah would have a quick understanding in the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:3a Luke 2:46-47
The Messiah would not judge on the basis of external representations. Isaiah 11:3b John 7:24
The Messiah would judge the poor with righteousness. Isaiah 11:4 Mark 12:41-44
The Messiah would be a descendant of Jesse. Isaiah 11:10a Luke 3:23-32
The Messiah would come for all people. Isaiah 11:10b Acts 13:47-48

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The Messiah would be a descendant of Jesse.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 11:1a
"AND there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:"
Luke 3:23-32
"And Jesus...the son of Jesse..."
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Matthew 1:5-16
Notes

The "Branch" is a Messianic title that represented the "shoot" of new life that would grow out of the hewn-down stump of Israel to provide hope and deliverance. For related scripture on the Branch also see: Isaiah 4:2, Jeremiah 23:5 and 33:15, and Zechariah 3:8 and 6:12.

The "stem," or "stump" would appear to be dead, just as the sovereignty of Israel appeared to be when they were under Roman rule at the time of Jesus. But God had an unconditional covenant with Abraham, and he would fulfill His promise to bless him and all nations with the coming of the Messiah. The "Branch," a small and tender sprout would be vulnerable, just as Jesus (who as God became a man) was as vulnerable as any other human. But as the stone in Daniel 2:34-35,45 became the mountain that overpowered all kingdoms and filled the whole earth, so Jesus, the "root of Jesse" in Isaiah 11:10 will at His second coming stand as "an ensign" (or "banner") to all people, and His kingdom shall be glorious.

Some have linked Matthew 2:23, "And he 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" with Isaiah 11:1. However, nowhere Old Testament in scripture does it say specifically that the Messiah would be from Nazareth. The rational for pointing to Isaiah 11:1 has to do with the word "Branch." The Hebrew for Branch is "netzer." By assonance "netzer" was associated with "Nazarene."1 When Matthew says "that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets" he is apparently applying a literary device (the likeness of sound) to make an application of Old Testament scripture to a New Testament situation. Just as many teachers today take scripture and apply it to current situations, it was not uncommon for rabbis in Jesus' time to do the same. Therefore Matthew 2:23 should be understood to be an "application" of Old Testament scripture, and not a literal prophecy.

1. Walter C. Kaiser Jr., "The Messiah In The Old Testament" page 35

The Messiah would grow up in a poor family.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 11:1b
"AND there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:"
Luke 2:7
"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manager; because there was no room for them in the inn."

Luke 2:22-24
" 22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons."

More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 8:20,  2 Corinthians 8:9
Notes

Jesse, the father of David, lived in the rural area of Bethlehem and was probably a farmer and a shepherd (1 Samuel 16:11). The word "stem" is from the Hebrew "geza" which means "root stock" or "stump."1  The phrase "stem of Jesse" foretells that the once glorious dynasty of David, the genealogical line from where all kings of royalty and wealth in Israel came, would become nothing more than a poor, unknown, and common family as the house of Jesse was (see 1 Samuel 18:18). Such was the family of Joseph and Mary, parents of Jesus, and descendants of David.

Isaiah chapter 10  speaks of judgement against both Judah and Assyria, and while Assyria would be like the proud forest of Lebanon that has been "hewn down," never to grow again (fulfillment recorded in Isaiah 37:24,  36-38Isaiah 11:1  states that the kingly line of David (also like a tree that has been felled, see Isaiah 6:13) would survive as a humble "stump." This stump would spring forth the "Branch," which is from the Hebrew "netser" meaning "shoot."2  There is general agreement between Judaic and Christian scholars that the word "Branch" is a name for the Messiah, and the name is also referenced in Isaiah 4:2,  Jeremiah 23:5,  33:15,  and  Zechariah 3:8,  6:12.

Luke 2:22-24  describes Jesus' mother Mary going to the temple to make a sacrifice for her cleansing, as was required by the Law (see Leviticus 12:1-8) after giving birth. The fact that she offered a "pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons" instead of the standard sacrifice of a lamb indicates the poverty of the family of Jesus.3

1. "The KJV Parallel Commentary," page 1320
2. Ibid
3. Dr. Arnold Frutchenbaum, "Messianic Christology" page 42

The Messiah would have the full Spirit of God upon him.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 11:2a
"And 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;"
Matthew 3:16-17
" 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

John 3:34
"For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him."

Colossians 2:9
"For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."

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Matthew 12:18,  Mark 1:10,  Luke 2:40,  4:1,  4:14,  4:18,  John 1:16,  1:32,  3:34,  Acts 10:38,  Colossians 1:19  Revelation 1:4  3:1  4:5  5:6
Notes

Isaiah 11:2 describes seven gifts of the Spirit of God, sometimes referred to as the "Sevenfold Spirit of God."1  These seven gifts are:

1) the Sprit of God, 2) the Spirit of Wisdom, 3) the Sprit of Understanding, 4) the Spirit of Counsel, 5) the Spirit of Power, 6) the Spirit of the Knowledge of the Lord, and 7) the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord.

In the scriptures, the number seven represents "perfection", or "completeness" and is normally associated with God. Since Messiah was to be a prophet (see Deuteronomy 18:15, 18) He would be filled with the Spirit of God. But unlike other prophets, Messiah would be given the Holy Spirit "without measure" (John 3:34).

Note that after "the Spirit of God," the attributes are grouped into three sets of logically paired gifts:2

1. Intellectual attributes:  wisdom and understanding.
2. Adminstrative attributes:  counsel and might (power, the means and authority to accomplish His plans).
3. Spiritual attributes:  knowledge and fear of the Lord.

1. Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum, "Messianic Christology" pages 42-43
2. Dr. James E. Smith, "What The Bible Teaches About The Promised Messiah" pages 269-270

The Messiah would have the Spirit of Wisdom.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 11:2b
"And 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;"
Luke 2:40
"And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him."

Matthew 13:54
"And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? "

1 Corinthians 1:24
"But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God."

More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
Luke 2:52,  1 Corinthians 1:30,  Colossians 2:2-3

The Messiah would have the Spirit of Understanding.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 11:2c
"And 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;"
John 2:24-25
" 24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, 25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man."

Mark 2:8
"And immediately, when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?"

More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 12:25,  22:28,  Mark 12:34,  Luke 6:8  11:17
Notes

Understanding; "judgement resulting from wisdom, by which we distinguish things, or decide on their character."1

1. Barnes Notes, Isaiah

The Messiah would have the Spirit of Counsel.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 11:2d
"And 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;"
Matthew 7:28-29
" 28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes."

John 12:49
"For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak."

Mark 13:31
"Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away."

More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 4:23,  13:54,  Mark 4:2,  4:34,  6:34,  Luke 4:14,  4:22,  5:3,  24:27,  John 3:2,  6:63,  6:68,  7:14-16,  7:46,  8:2,  8:26,  8:51,  14:24,  15:3,  17:8
Notes

The incredible influence and impact of the words of Jesus are perhaps best summarized in John 7:46; "... Never man spake like this man."

The Messiah would have the Spirit of Might.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 11:2e
"And 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;"
Matthew 8:27
"But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him."

Mark 1:27
"And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him."

Acts 10:38
"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."

More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 9:6,  13:54,  17:2,  28:18,  Mark 4:39,  Luke 4:14,  4:32,  8:25,  John 3:35,  15:3,  10:18,  16:15,  17:2,  Romans 1:4,  1 Corinthians 1:24,  Colossians 2:10,  Hebrews 1:3,  Revelation 1:18
Notes

In John 17:2, Jesus, speaking of Himself while praying to God the Father says; "As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him." Have you accepted Jesus' gift of eternal life?

The Messiah would have the Spirit of the Knowledge of the Lord.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 11:2f
"And 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;"
John 7:29
"But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me."

John 8:55
"Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying."

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Matthew 11:27,  John 17:25,  Colossians 2:2-3

The Messiah would have the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 11:2g
"And 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;"
Hebrews 5:7
"Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;"

John 14:31
"But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence."

John 8:29
"And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do alway those things that please him."

More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 10:28,  15:20,  Luke 12:5,  John 4:34,  5:30,  6:38,  9:4,  Romans 5:19
Notes

The "fear of the Lord" can be described as having reverence for God, an obedience to God, and a desire to please God.

The Messiah would have a quick understanding in the fear of the Lord.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 11:3a
"And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:"
Luke 2:46-47
" 46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers."

Luke 4:31-32
" 31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. 32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power."

John 14:31
"But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence."

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John 4:34,  8:29
Notes

The phrase "shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord," is also interpreted as "his delight is in the fear of the Lord." Either rendering points to Jesus' immeasurable understanding of the things of God, and his complete and absolute willingness to submit to the will of God.

The Messiah would not judge on the basis of external representations.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 11:3b
"And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:"
John 7:24
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

John 2:24-25
" 24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, 25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man."

More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 23:27,  John 8:15-16
Notes

This prophecy is also related to Jesus' second coming.

The Messiah would judge the poor with righteousness.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 11:4
"But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked."
Mark 12:41-44
" 41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."

Luke 13:30
"And, behold, there are last which shall be first; and there are first which shall be last."

More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 20:16,  Mark 10:30,  12:40,  Luke 20:46-67,  21:1-4

The Messiah would be a descendant of Jesse.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 11:10a
"And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious."
Luke 3:23-32
"And Jesus...the son of Jesse..."
More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
Matthew 1:5-16

The Messiah would come for all people.
Prophecy Fulfillment
Isaiah 11:10b
"And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious."
Acts 13:47-48
" 47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. 48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed."
More Prophecies Like This Additional Fulfillment Examples
Acts 3:24-26,  Romans 5:18,  10:13,  15:8-9,  Galatians 3:14,  3:26-29,  Ephesians 3:4-6,  1 Timothy 2:4-6,  Titus 2:11-12