SevenFold Spirit of God
THE PERSON AND POWER OF THE KING
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch
shall grow out of his roots [Isa. 11:1].
It is interesting that it says "a rod out of the stem of Jesse." David is not mentioned; the one who is mentioned is David's father. Of course that means He is in the line of David, but why does Isaiah go back to Jesse? Well, the royal line did begin with David. Jesse was a farmer, a sheepherder who lived in a little out-of-the-way place called Bethlehem. But by the time of Jesus, the line of David had sunk back to the level of a peasant. It no longer belonged to a prince raised in a palace, but it belonged to One raised in a carpenter shop. Isaiah, therefore, very carefully says that the rod comes "out of the stem of Jesse."
Branch means "a live sprout." This is the second time we have had a reference to the "Branch." The first time it was mentioned was in Isaiah 4:2. There are eighteen words in the Hebrew language translated by our English word branch. This is one of the titles given to the Lord Jesus Christ. In Isaiah 53 He is "a root out of a dry ground." Delitzsch, the great Hebrew scholar, wrote, "In the historical
fulfillment even the ring of the words of the prophecy is noted: the nehtzer (Branch) at first so humble, was a poor Nazarene" (see Matt. 2:23). Christ had a humble beginning, born yonder in Bethlehem, a city of David, but a city of Jesse also.
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 [Isa.
This is the sevenfold spirit which rested upon the Lord Jesus Christ. The plentitude of power is the sevenfold spirit:
(1) of the Lord; . . -
(2) of wisdom;
(3) of understanding;
(4) of counsel;
(5) of might;
(6) of knowledge; and
(7) of the fear of the Lord.
The number seven in Scripture does not necessarily mean perfection. The primary thought is fullness, completeness. John 3:34 tells us, ".. .for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him." In Ephesians 5:18 we are admonished, ".. .be filled with the Spirit." Some of us just have a few drops at the bottom, others are one fourth filled, and some are half filled. Very few Christians you meet are really filled with the Spirit. A little girl once prayed, "Lord, fill me with the Spirit. I can't hold very much, but I can run over a whole lot." Very few Christians are just brimming full, running over on all sides. The Lord Jesus was the exception to that.
1. "The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him." The Lord Jesus Christ in His humanity went forth in the power of the Spirit. When He comes again, He is going to rule in the power of the Spirit.
2. "The spirit of wisdom." He has been made unto us wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30). He is the only One who
can lead and guide you and me through this life. We are no match for the world today. The Lord Jesus
Christ could say ".. .for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me" (John 14:30). Satan
cannot find anything in Christ, but he can always find something in us. We need the Spirit of wisdom,
and the Lord Jesus Christ is that Spirit of wisdom.
3. "And understanding," which means spiritual discernment. It is distressing to find that so few
Christians have any discernment at all. I am amazed the way some people will follow a certain man
purely on a human basis. They like his looks or the sound of his voice, and they never really comprehend
what he is saying or if what he is saying is true to the Word of God. Christians need the Spirit of
understanding. That is one thing for which I have always prayed, and I seem to need it more today than
ever before. We need to be aware of who is for the Lord and who isn't.
Not long ago, while driving a car in another city, I was listening to the radio. A man who was preaching blessed my heart, but he went on to say that if he did not get support he would no longer be able to broadcast. I said to myself, "You would think the people in this city would have enough spiritual discernment to support him." He is so much better than many who are being supported. I spoke to a pastor in that city about the man whom I had heard on the radio. He told me that he was a wonderful man, very humble, and a great Bible teacher, but he simply was not getting the support he needed. The Christians in that city need the spirit of understanding. My friend, have you ever prayed for the spirit of understanding? Ask God to give you the understanding that you lack.
4. "The spirit of counsel." All of us need counsel. Did you ever notice that the Lord Jesus Christ
never asked anyone for advice? He never asked for counsel; He gave it.
5. "Might"—that is, power. Oh, how we need power. Paul says, "That I may know him, and the
power of his resurrection ..." (Phil. 3:10, italics mine). We need that today.
6-7. "The spirit of knowledge" and "of the fear of the Lord." I think these come through a study of the Word of God.1
•McGee, J. V. (1991). Vol. 22: Thru the Bible commentary: The Prophets (Isaiah 1-35). Based on the Thru the Bible radio program, (electronic ed.). Thru the Bible commentary (109). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.