Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 11: 10

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Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here, here , here here, here, here, here , here, here, here , here,   here, here here, here, here ,  here, here here, here ,   here,  here and here, we come to Isaiah 11: 10:

[10] In that day the root of Jesse, who standeth for an ensign of the people, him the Gentiles shall beseech, and his sepulchre shall be glorious.



Of this passage Saint Jerome wrote:


As regards its site, lapse of time has but invested it with fresh grandeur. The Jews of old reverenced the Holy of Holies, because of the things contained in it—the cherubim, the mercy-seat, the ark of the covenant, the manna, Aaron’s rod, and the golden altar.973 Does the Lord’s sepulchre seem less worthy of veneration? As often as we enter it we see the Saviour in His grave clothes, and if we linger we see again the angel sitting at His feet, and the napkin folded at His head.974 Long before this sepulchre was hewn out by Joseph,975 its glory was foretold in Isaiah’s prediction, “his rest shall be glorious,”976 meaning that the place of the Lord’s burial should be held in universal honor.


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  1. Our Constitution may be found in Isaiah and in Jeremiah and most likely in the other prophets. No line quotes, but the spirit of sovereignty and freedom ring throughout. Last Sundays reading for instance recalls the end of enslavement from the dark forces of evil as well as from physical enemies. It is breathtaking. Isaiah is my favorite and then the Book of Judith.

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