Summary of passage: The Root of Jesse will be a banner for the peoples. The Lord will reclaim His remnant (the exiles) from nations. Ephraim and Judah will be united and together will conquer the surrounding peoples. The Lord will dry the Euphrates River so His remnant can cross just like He did the Red Sea to bring His people out of Egypt.
8 ) Verse 15: The Lord will dry up the gulf of the Egyptian Sea; with a scorching wind He will sweep His hand over the Euphrates River. He will break it up into seven streams so that men can cross over in sandals. Exodus 14:29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
9a) Banner–a piece of cloth attached by one end to a staff and used by a leader as his standard. It’s function is to bring people together and give them a bright symbol to follow.
b) Jesus is the Root of Jesse. Jesus will be the pinnacle, the symbol of God for if you believe in Jesus and accept who He is, you will be saved. This is the crux of God’s teachings and everything else is insignificant in comparison. If you don’t get Jesus, you don’t get God.
10a) Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim. As a united peoples, they will conquer Philistia, people to the East, Edom, Moab, and the Ammonites and the remnant of His people will return from Assyria.
b) Personal Question. My answer: I would probably be more like Jesus and be able to convey Him to others much more effectively. I wouldn’t get stressed. Life would be more peaceful. I’d have deeper relationships, be more forgiving, and love others more.
Conclusions: I liked the idea of Jesus as the banner. I always picture a banner used in war that the troops on the ground carry so their side can follow the leader of the charge. This is how I see Jesus: carrying a huge flag, beckoning His troops, His people to follow Him in the war against the Enemy. Further, I liked how this image did make me think that if you don’t have Jesus, you have nothing–not God, not eternal salvation–and life is utterly meaningless. This is usually in the back of my mind but this passage brought it to the forefront–something important to remember especially as you share Jesus with others.