One in Messiah Congregation

Messiah, a Righteous Branch, in Zech. 23:5,6 is called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Isa.11 [1] And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch נֵצֶר shall grow out of his roots:

[2] 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;
3] And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4] But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5] And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
6] The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7] And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8] And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
9] They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain : for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
10] And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse , which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
11] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
12] And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth .
13] The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
14] But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
15] And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.
[16] And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

Isa.4[ 2] In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

Jer.23[ 5] Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, צֶמַח צַדִּיק and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

[6] In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
וְזֶה־שְּׁמוֹ אֲשֶׁר־יִקְרְאוֹ, יְהוָה צִדְקֵנוּ

Jer.33 [15] In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness צֶמַח צְדָקָה ( mas. noun & fem. adj.)

to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.

cities in Hebrew are feminine

[16] In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness

וְזֶה אֲשֶׁר־יִקְרָא־לָהּ, יְהוָה צִדְקֵנוּ

Ezek.48 [35]... the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there .

Zech.3[ 8] Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH עַבְדִּי, צֶמַח

Zech.6 [12] And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH ; צֶמַח and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:[13 ] Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

Talmud - Mas. Megilah 17b

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may they prosper that love thee. (35) And when Jerusalem is built, David (36) will come, as it says.

(36) Mentioned in the next blessing, which commences, ‘ Cause to sprout quickly the shoot of David’. ( Messiah )

Midrash Rabbah - Numbers XVIII:21

21. The letters menazpak1 have double forms, and were instituted by the prophets. The double kaf hinted at Abraham, in the expression, Lek leka--get thee out (Gen. XII, 1), which intimated that he would have a child at the age of one hundred.2 The double mem hinted at Isaac, in the expression, Ki ‘azamta mimmennu me'od--for thou art much mightier than we (ib. XXVI, 16), which intimated to him that he and his seed would be mighty in both worlds. The double nun hinted at Jacob, in the expression, Hazzileni na--deliver me, I pray Thee (ib. XXXII, 12), which informed him that He would deliver him in both worlds. The double peh hinted at Israel, through Moses, in the words, Pakod pakadti--I have surely remembered you (Ex. III,16). The double zade is hinted at in the verse, Behold, a man whose name is the shoot (zemah), and who shall shoot up (yizmah), etc. (Zech. VI, 12). This refers to the Messiah , of whom it also says, I will raise unto David a righteous shoot (zemah zaddik), and he shall reign as king and prosper, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. The captain of fifty (Isa. III, 3).3 There are twenty-four books in Scripture. Add to them eleven of the minor prophets, excluding Jonah which is a book by itself,4 the six orders and the nine chapters of Torath Kohanim,5 and you obtain a total of fifty6 There are threescore queens (S.S. VI, 8), i.e. sixty tractates of the Talmud; And fourscore concubines (ib.) alludes to the eighty houses of study that flourished in Jerusalem, this number corresponding to that of its gates; And maidens without


Midrash Rabbah - Leviticus XXXI:11

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Because it says, There will I make a horn (1) to shoot up unto David , there have I ordered a lamp for Mine anointed (PS. CXXXII, 17), and it says, I rejoiced (2) when they said unto me: Let us go unto the house of the Lord (Ps. CXXII, 1) 3

(1) Viz. the Messiah; metaphor.

(2) Joy and light are synonymous .

(3) Sc. in the Messianic era when the divine light shall shine again.


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