Have you ever cut down a tree thinking it was dead only to later see new growth coming out of the stump? That’s exactly the prophecy God gave “Isaiah” (“Yahweh is Salvation”) here.
Jesse, the son of Ruth and Boaz, the father of King David, died 300 years before the nation of Israel was cut down to only a stump as it was taken away into exile by Babylon.
But behold, God allows us to see below ground level to a Root of Jesse that is still alive! And 700 years later, a Root – a Shoot – a Branch – the Messiah will spring forth!