Isaiah 11:1b There shall come forth a Branch from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots…
The prophecy of Isaiah 11:1 describes the Messiah coming from a Branch in David’s line. The Hebrew word for Branch is Netzer, from where the world Nazarene could be inferred. This is known as a Hebrew play on words that seems to imply that the Messiah will come from the line of David, and He will be referred to as The Nazarene. Seventeen times in the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as: Jesus of Nazareth. *
John 1:45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
The term: Branch, or Netzer is an important designation for the Messiah. It indicates that He will be from a place despised and be rejected by those whom He comes to save.
John 1:46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
Nazareth was the home of a Roman army garrison from where soldiers constantly exercised harsh rule over the Jews. The fact that Nazareth was despised is observed by the statement made by Nathanael in speaking of Jesus: Can anything good come out of Nazareth?
Isaiah describes the Messiah as despised and rejected, even by His own people. When we examine the Gospel narrative of Jesus, we find that even before His ministry had gained momentum, He was already designated as one originating from a town in which nothing good could take place. Jesus was despised and rejected 2,000 years ago and He is still despised and rejected by a majority of people today. Though He came humbly and laid down His life for all of us, His message of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, has caused the world to hate Him.
This attitude of humility, which Jesus displayed, is the type of heart that God responds to. Those who are full of pride in their own wisdom and abilities, can never find God. He hides Himself from the proud but reveals Himself to the humble and the broken.