The Child with Four Names

Isaiah 9:6 is one of the most pregnant (excuse the pun) verses in the Bible describing the promised Messiah. First his nature:  a “Child that is born” (born of a woman, emphasizing his humanity- one of us, Heb. 4:15); a “Son that is given” (Isaiah 7:14- “a virgin shall conceive and bring forth a Son, emphasizing his deity); a “government will be on his shoulders” (a royal lineage, emphasizing his authority). Secondly, we read about his character described by a series of four compound names beginning with Wonderful Counselor (lit. a wonder of a counselor). I don’t think this means that the Messiah would be a great therapist, but it underscores the incomparable wisdom that Messiah would have- a wisdom which would go beyond human understanding. He would have a plan for His people and that plan would be wonderful. Paul, in response to the great salvation worked for humankind by Jesus Christ and the incredible plan that redeemed humanity will be composed of both Jews and Gentiles united in one faith responds, Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out. And then quoting Isaiah 40:13. Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? (Romans 11: 33, 34)  Such wisdom was characterized by Jesus. He knew when to rebuke and when to show mercy. He knew when to drive out the money changers and when to kneel down and write something in the sand. He knew when to ask questions and when to keep silent. Jesus Christ is the Wonderful Counselor- is He yours? Have you asked Him for counsel lately? Read James 1:2-8 and go ahead and seek His counsel. Just a thought…

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