July 30, 2021
Daily Reading: Isaiah 9-12
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
While reading the book of Isaiah, keep in mind it is a book about the coming Christ. Have you ever wondered, “Why did some believe that Jesus was the Messiah, and some did not?” The answer is that some believed the Scriptures, and some did not. It is the same today. Some accept Jesus by faith as their Messiah, the Lamb of God, God in the flesh and some do not. Why? Because some believe the Scriptural account of Him, and some do not.
Isaiah states clearly that a child would be born, a son would be given. Of whom does he speak? The balance of the verse lets us know. According to the prophet this “child” would have five names: Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. These five names describe all that He would be.
Wonderful speaks of His person, for He was full of wonder, wonderful.
Counsellor speaks of His wisdom, for He was wisdom personified.
The Mighty God speaks of His Omnipotence, for He was all powerful.
The everlasting Father speaks of His Deity, for He was God in the flesh.
The Prince of Peace speaks of His Kingdom, for He is the God of peace.
Who, other than Jesus Christ, fulfilled all these characteristics? None. In fact, to make doubly sure of the characteristics of one who would be born, Isaiah added in the very next verse even more details. Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. The genealogies of Matthew and Luke painstakingly prove that Jesus of Nazareth was the legal and rightful Heir of the Throne of David, both through Joseph and Mary. David’s kingdom is over, but the Kingdom of Christ is forever.
Yes, as you read Isaiah, remember, it is a book about the coming Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.