As part of my 25 for 25 (25 devotionals leading up to 25 December), here is Day # 17: as part of our mini-Isaiah portion, we’re looking at Isaiah 9:6 today. But…
Yesterday in Isaiah 7:14 we talked about the use of the word “virgin” and the name “Immanuel.” As I mentioned on Day 14 (as “Emmanuel”) and yesterday I want to briefly talk about the name. Immanuel means “God with us” as Matthew 1:23 explains. But why wasn’t Jesus directly called Immanuel? In this article, “GotQuestions?” explains that it was more about the meaning of the name than actually having people call the Messiah by that name. This article also mentions Isaiah 9:6 which says,
“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
In years past (Devotional 74) I’ve explained the meaning of each word but I would like to focus on the use of “Counselor” here. “Counselor” is ya’ats in Hebrew and means, “to advise, consult, purpose, plan.” I’ve just published a book titled Biblical Knowledge, Understanding & Wisdom (get it here) so godly wisdom is on the forefront of my mind. Can you imagine a person who can “advise” and judge righteously? Someone who properly has the government on their shoulder. Tomorrow’s Devotional will explain exactly that!! Merry Christmas!