Isaiah 1-4 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Isaiah is the most quoted prophet in the New Testament.

The apostle John talks about how Isaiah foresaw the glory of the coming Messiah: “Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him” (John 12:41).

Isaiah 4:2 is actually the first Messianic reference in the Book. The NLT makes an interpretive mistake in identifying the “Branch” as Israel. The ESV reads, “In that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel.” It’s important because the “Branch” is a title for the Messiah in the Old Testament! Here is what the “Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary” has to say about the term:

“This messianic usage apparently originated with the prophet Isaiah (4:2; 11:1). It reappeared in the prophecies of Jeremiah, where it referred to a future king in the line of David, whose coming would bring judgment and righteousness (Jer. 23:5–6). After the Captivity, the term was a recognized title of the Messiah (Zech. 3:8). By this time it had taken on priestly, as well as kingly, connotations. Both parts of this expectation are fulfilled by Christ, the Son of David, who is also our great High Priest.”

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