Not underground, but raised as a military signal–that’s a strange place for a root. But Isaiah is writing about a very special root. The 101 Bible Study this Friday focuses on Isaiah 11. Call 971/238-6101 for location and details.
“The incarnation is the central fact of history and of the church’s confession: ‘Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness. He was manifested in the flesh’ (1 Tim. 3:16). Even before the the Fall, God eternally decided that the Son should assume a human nature, consisting of a body and soul. As the eternal Son who has no beginning and no end, he has always known that he would become the incarnate one (i.e. ‘the enfleshed one’).” (Mark Jones, Knowing Christ, p. 26).
“God is the author, the cause, the agent, the accomplisher of that salvation. Salvation apart from God is unthinkable. . . . What more can we have – what more do we need than God Himself? He is our salvation.” (E. J. Young, The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 1, p. 405).