September 24

Isaiah 9; Galatians 2

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

[Isa 9:6] Notice the names that are given to our Lord:

"Wonderful"—this is not an adjective; this is His name. In Judges 13:18 we see the preincarnate Christ appearing as the Captain of the hosts of the Lord: "And the angel of the Lord said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?" "Secret" in this verse is the same word as is translated "Wonderful." …

"Counsellor"—He never sought the counsel of man, and He never asked for the advice of man. "For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?" (Rom. 11:34). God has no counsellor. The Lord Jesus Christ never called His disciples together and said, "Now, fellows, what do you think I ought to do?" You don't read anything like that in Scripture. …

"The mighty God"—The Hebrew word for this name is El Gibbor. He is the One to whom "all power is given." He is the omnipotent God. That little baby lying helpless on Mary's bosom held the universe together. He said, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." He is the Mighty God!

"The everlasting Father"—Avi-ad, Father of eternity. This simply means that He is the Creator of all things, even time, the ages, and the far-off purpose of all things. As John said, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:3). …

"The Prince of Peace"—Sar-Shalohim. There can be no peace on this earth until He is reigning. His government is not static; there is increase and growth. No two days are going to be alike when Jesus is reigning. He is going to occupy the throne of David. This is a literal throne which He will occupy at His second coming. Justice will be dominant in His rule. God's zeal, not man's zany plans, will accomplish this.

J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, © 1981 by J. Vernon McGee.  

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