“Immanuel- Wonderful, Counselor”
I. Immanuel- A Child is Born
A. 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. 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. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
B. Isaiah 9:6-7 is one of the most beloved passages of scripture especially quoted during the Christmas season, for it tells of the promised Messiah and His coming and gives us a glimpse of His nature and character. From the passage we understand…
i. He is born and enters this realm as a child.
ii. He is a son (Hebrew-ben). One from which a household is built and derived.
iii. His appearing, life, and ministry are Wonderful.
iv. He is Wise.
v. He is Divine.
vi. He is Governmental Order.
C. The plan of God is generally confounding to the human mind. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:13-16) The idea or thought that God would cause His Solution to enter time and space as a child and go through the same maturation process as the rest of humanity can seem unlikely or even ridiculous. But God sent His Son to the earth through a virgin’s womb that He might identify with our weakness and be a Worthy High Priest and a Just Judge for us.
II. Immanuel- Wonderful
A. “…his name shall be called Wonderful…” There are some commentators that believe this title is in reference to Him being a Counselor, but a closer look really gives the idea that this word stands alone.
1) wonder, marvel
1a) wonder (extraordinary, hard to understand thing)
1b) wonder (of God’s acts of judgment and redemption)
B. It could have been translated in many different ways, but suffice it to say any of the following could have been used to describe Him.
“His Name shall be called Marvelous”
“His Name shall be called Surprise”
“His Name shall be called Miraculous”
When we consider the nature and character of Jesus we quickly realize all of the titles above fit. For his very life and ministry were and are Marvelous. His advent was a Surprise! His Being is Miraculous!
C. Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon January 26th Evening entry.
III. Immanuel- Counselor
A. “…his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor…” This title “Counselor” is a great word giving us a clear read on who this promised Messiah is. Albert Barnes comments “The name “counselor” here, יועץ yû‛ēts, denotes one of honorable rank; one who is suited to stand near princes and kings as their adviser. It is expressive of great wisdom, and of qualifications to guide and direct the human race.”
B. Jesus is qualified to guide and direct the human race. He possesses the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation to fully understand the true needs of mankind which enables Him to rule us well. Besides He created us! (Colossians 1:16)
IV. Immanuel- The Mighty God
A. “…his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God…”
B. Many Jewish commentators in an effort to minimize the literal meaning of the Mighty God refer this title to possibly representing that Messiah would be the “Strength of God” or “Mighty Hero” supposing that the name ‘God’ is used in accordance with Oriental customs ascribing divine attributes to kings. However, the natural and obvious meaning of the expression is to denote the divine nature of Messiah. He is the Mighty God!
V. Immanuel- The Everlasting Father
A. The Chaldee renders this expression, ‘The man abiding forever.’ The Vulgate, ‘The Father of the future age.’ Lowth, ‘The Father of the everlasting age.’ Literally, it is the Father of eternity and used in the sense of a custom usual in Hebrew and in Arabic, where he who possesses a thing is called the father of it.
B. Jesus the Messiah is the Father of a Chosen Generation, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation and of this Family there will be no end!