What is the Branch?
This word is often figuratively used by the sacred writers. Ps 80:15; John 15:5-6. It is also one of the titles of the Messiah. Isa 11:1 comp. with Isa 53:2; Zech 3:8 and Zech 6:12. The family of Jesse is represented under the figure of the stock of a tree firmly rooted, and the coming of Christ from the seed of David is represented as the shooting forth of a branch, which is here called, by way of distinction and eminence, "THE BRANCH;" for Christ, even in his common nature, far surpassed all the house of David in the dignity, power, and glory of both his person and office.