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December 16, 2020 7:00 am
Isaiah writes in his name shall be called a drum roll wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, Prince of peace, as if to say one name and you need to understand that idea behind the phrase notice and his name shall be called in the Old Testament represented everything about who they were, which is why one single day. This is going to do it and Ran everything so I was will be or will still worship and exalt Jesus is Lord of lords and King of Kings and the prophesied Messiah and Redeemer of the Scriptures. All of those are names of the Messiah from Scripture. The prophet Isaiah focused on Jesus attributes when he wrote to him about his names in doing that Isaiah gave us a worshipful picture of the son of God.
This is wisdom for the hearts Stephen Dave.
He continues his series called the king is here with this lesson. The names of the king. What I want to do today is sort of slow down and focus on one of the clearest and most meaningful hymns composed for Israel to say it would be adapted, it would be song lyrics by the church that it has been perhaps most famously in the last 300 years by the composition of handle we call Messiah. It was a prophetic poem composed by Isaiah 700+ years before the birth of Jesus.
No other child could ever possibly fulfill all these lyrics described or promised, but are Messiah.
So if you're picking up on the clues you're headed to Isaiah Yolanda chapter 9 today for a few moments together and want to pick it up at verse six, Isaiah chapter 9 verse six. These are familiar lyrics Abe for to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called stop there for a moment maybe 10 minutes or so okay I got a deal with this opening phrase for the loss of a child is born now in our last study looked at the preexistence of Christ, God the son, who is now born in the time and space. The miraculous result of the Holy Spirit, supernaturally fertilizing an egg and marriage nine months or so later you have this staggering moment in this outdoor animal shelter. More than likely surrounded by temple. She destined for a trip 5 miles away to the temple where they will be sacrificed there in that stall, God the son is literally born, the baby who would be the Lamb of God.
You remember the New Testament narrative, he swaddled in strips of cloth entities put in a manger when he's born a feeding trough that isn't quite the rosy picture you typically see if this animal stall is carved into the hillsides in that region as it normally was this what simply been a stone cut out into the side elevated a couple of feet, perhaps off the ground and in that trough. That stone trough they would place the grain or the hay shepherds in fact nearby were told they could identify the right baby because he would be lying in a feed trough in this outdoor stall. No doubt babies a good born of that one.
During the time of all people would been told to go back to their own place for the purpose of signing up for the military draft which the king wanted. He wanted fresh names as well as fresh taxes, not about you, but it's always striking to me that they would arrive and find the baby lying alone in the feed trough babies. You're usually in somebody's arms especially newborn babies always strikes me that the Jesus more than likely was sleeping at this moment because he's not in the arms of Joseph and Mary, and this implies they are sleeping as well. Utterly and totally exhausted by this journey to exhausted to even hold remarkable when you think of the humility of this bird about you, but newborn babies benefit delivery room three times with Marsha what time of the twins out of Allens. We have four kids with only 33 long-term payment plans, but that newborns held even the mothers holding the baby or the father gets to take a turn and other siblings and grandparents and extended family and friends and people you don't even know coming to hold the baby, who will bill you later for the privilege of that right is an incredible picture here is baby lying in a trough of desperation of exhaustion of poverty of aloneness of untold challenges that are just now beginning to unfold that soon after this there can a run for their lives to Egypt to get away from here.
This is a picture of the Messiah's humility in his humanity unto us a child is born.
The next phrase relates to his deity to us a son is given, no as he was born and he was sent the application of preexistence born at that moment entirely human pre-existing prior to that, with the divine origin Messiah is both fully human and fully divine and Isaiah kind of picks that up and drops the hands into these lyrics for other also child is born, to us a son is given. Now he has to be or this messianic mission will be an utter failure. He asked to be human. For one thing more. He cannot die.doesn't die Paul that converted Pharisee and attorney would later write the wages of sin that is the payment of sin is death.
Death is not a word for Jesus to make the payment for our sins, he must be able to experience the payment for our sin and the payment for our sin is dying. Death, since he is also eternally God the son is capable of not just dying as a man the same time bearing the penalty of our crimes and are are unjust thoughts and actions in our impurities and all of our sins, he in a moment in time on the cross because he is God is able to make the payment for that load of sin and iniquity that Peter would write that he will bear in his body on that tree.
Our sin first Peter 224 he must be both fully man and fully God or his mission will be a waste of time and Isaiah prophesies centuries before he arrives that he will indeed be both a human baby, but a divinely sent son sometime in your study. You might just track through the three kinds of son that he used sees the son of Mary as a reference to his human substance. He's referred to as the Son of Man, that the reference was messianic purpose and is referred to as the son of God that relates to his divine essence. So this opening phrase is a loaded with prophetic declaration Isaiah goes on to write, and the government shall be upon his shoulder going to rule the governments of the world from his throne. The prophets declare which will be in Jerusalem now obviously this particular part of the prophecy has yet to be fulfilled right when when Jesus came he didn't overthrow the government ruling his own region.
That was one of the upsetting things about those who were ready to crown the end they wanted to overthrow Rome and ascended the throne of David is his forefather, but he is crowned. He's crucified. So when he comes to fulfill the second role or this rule. Here's what his kingdom is going to look like we did verse seven of the increase of his government and of peace will be no end that there are four descriptions by the way I'm in a roundabout fairly quickly in this text.
First is government is going be fruitful.
Isaiah writes about the increase of his government. It'll increase that the Hebrew word used for crops flourishing in herds multiplying it's going to be a prosperous fulfilling abundance kingdom.
Secondly, it will be peaceful of peace there will be no end. Third, it'll be an honorable rule that is on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth, no draft, no deceit, no political maneuvering, no greedy his rule will be righteous, it will be all right. It will be just it will be marked with integrity. It will be entirely honorable kingdom will be fruitful and peaceful and honorable. Fourthly, it will be eternal beyond that thousand year reign after the final judgment on into eternity. Isaiah writes it this way. From this time forth and forevermore the global do in our next session. Lord willing is just talk about that thousand year reign what is going to mean for you to be a king and queen rating with him. Truly one of the remarkably ignored portions of our future joy now.
Isaiah turns to the subject of the babies name. As you know, whenever a baby is born in the someone's household.
It's big news naming that baby is is a big deal, whether you go and get books, you know couples will get books 200 names you know most popular names or whatever and get those Walmart whatever you dare to call their friends and talk about names they're gonna talk to other couples. Have you ever noticed they never talk to their parents and grandparents have no say in it don't make no mistake, I'm not bothered one bit about it side to get millennial's anything anyway. You notice that not the millennial's in this church, your unique back to my text. I so what's the name of the Messiah going to be. Isaiah writes in his name shall be called and we always hear the drumroll wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, Prince of peace, as if to say one name and got a handle one name in the middle middle names going to handle covering all of the legacy we want to build in to this need. Understand that idea behind the phrase notice and his name shall be called Betsy Hebrew mindset it's adopted in the New Testament it's adopted by many of you, it is the idea of naming your son or daughter a name that has some attribute or some characteristic which you want them to demonstrate you hope they grow up to to represent or to live out their name in the Old Testament represented everything about who they were, which is why one single name just isn't going to do it in Indiana Ran everything Messiah was will be or will do.
By the way, I can digress for a moment, this site is picked up and you read of this often in the New Testament, especially as it relates to the gospel of verse like first John were first were Johnny possible right I write these things to you who believe in the name of the son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. The great passage for you to memorize. By the way, eternal life in the assurance of salvation is not in believing that the son of God's name is Jesus, or wonderful or counsel or whatever. What he means here is that when you believe in the name of the son of God you believe in everything about him you believe in everything he represents. You believe in everything he did and will do because his name represents everything about the idea here. So what are you when you call your name on real Isaiah under the influence of the Holy Spirit whittled down to five names look at them briefly. His name shall be called first wonderful that word Hebrew text is not an adjective.
It is a noun, I recommend you put a comma after that in your English translation mine, Mr. it's a noun and it stands alone is one of the Messiah is descriptive name. Simply put, I know, let's call him wonderful. Everything needs everything he will be the categorical expression of our wonderful Lord, you could translated marvelous his marvelous he is wonderful. Would you notice Isaiah is not telling us with this particular name anything about what Jesus will do is telling us what or who Jesus is, he will do marvelous thing people do wonderful things, but he is marvelous he is wonderful.
Unlike you, perhaps for me.
We every so often do something wonderful.
We wish we did more wonderful things for this one in the Messiah, he will be altogether consistently unchangeable way incomprehensibly entirely eternally wonderful. Isaiah adds his name shall be called wonderful Counselor, he's the all sufficient source of wisdom. Whatever he says is dependable. Whatever he reveals his value. Whatever he advises beneficial. He never gives bad advice. He is infallible, a mission perfectly insightful as our counselor. Have you ever thought about the fact that Jesus is the only counselor you'll ever go to that doesn't have his own set of problems that counselors not sitting there listening to you thinking man, I got the same problem I'm dealing with the same issue.
He's the only one you'll ever go to is not struggling with an issue like we will you'll never get anything wrong.
He's not distracted by his own problems. In fact he never needs counseling Paul would write it and who has been his counselor rhetorical question expecting the answer no. Romans 1134, but as your perfect counselor by though he knows your heart he knows your needs. He knows your sorrows knows your issues knows your struggles effect is the only counselor you'll ever go to where you don't have to spend time bringing him up to speed about what's going on in your life which takes 45 minutes of the 60 minutes you been given.
He already knows what I love is the fact that he not only gives you advice.
He is able to empower you to follow it and put it into practice. Isaiah announces the me tell you that somebody is coming who doesn't just give counsel he gives you the power to fill it out for Philip and live it out. He is wonderful he is. Counselor notice.
Next, he is mighty God Almighty in Hebrew text is an adjective describing the kind of God is he is God Almighty Delco bore traditional name for God used by Moses used by Jeremiah use by Nehemiah used by David that the liberals another in a cul-de-sac here because you have a hard time denying the Messiah is none other than Almighty God. And so surely Jesus can't be the Messiah because that would mean he's Almighty God so we can we translate this a little differently, ready to translate mighty God as the hero of string that's their favor translate the hero can be anybody. It can refer to anybody as sinful or righteous. There's no way.
Isaiah can be referring to this baby is none other than Almighty God. Well, all you have to do is turn over a page further and Isaiah's prophecy that the next chapter and he uses the same expression exactly in chapter 10 and verses 20 and 21, where he says in that day and I've edited it down and that day the remnant of Israel of Jacob will return to the Almighty God same name, Israel will one day in repentance, return to Almighty God, who happens to be this baby boy. You can't get any clearer. This Christmas season.
Perhaps you've already recognized with coworkers. It's okay to talk about Jesus as a little baby in the manger, but just don't spread the notion that that baby is actually Almighty God effect.
Let's keep them in the manger. It's safer for us all.
If he stays that cuddly little baby and that in the manger. Don't let them grow up. And if he grows up… Make sure is a moral teacher. All he really did without ever judging anybody was deliver a golden rule. Let let's make a mess healer. Let's think about a good example know my friend. That baby and that manger according Isaiah's lyrics is none other than Almighty God is not just a good teacher. He is Almighty God is not just a healer. He's Almighty God is not just a moral example. He is all mighty God.
Isaiah can save any planar this baby is God in the flesh, Almighty God, that you want some encouragement about the deity of Jesus. This hymn composed for you guys that if you're troubled about the deity of Jesus. It's only going to get worse you look at his next name. His name shall be called wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting father knew where that come from Mattel… Sounds odd because we vegetarians take the Bible at face value under standards, God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit was odd to hear father related to the son, the Messiah, what you need to understand father. Here's a reference consequences position within the triune God. But his eternal preexistence is eternal reality is authority, everlasting father or eternal father turning around to help you understand a perhaps a little better.
He is the father of eternity. What he said. That is, he is the originator of eternity.
He is the source of eternal life. Think of it this way. Jesus, if you're old enough in the faith. You may recall, in John chapter 8 is describing Satan and he says that low-lying is Satan's native tongue. In other words, when Satan tells a lie to speak in a language you know that's what Satan does his specialty is lying in the Jesus says this in John 844. He says Satan is the father of lies.
Same idea back in Isaiah chapter 9. In other words, what the Lord means is that Satan is the origin of lying.
He's the original liar is the source of all that is untrue. You could say it in this way, Jesus is the source of eternal life. He is the originator of all that is everlasting, which lets us know that since he's the source of everlasting life, right out of it one day and eternity. Jesus is narrowing down. He's the source. He is the fulfillment he is the originator of everlasting life.
Satan specialty is lying Jesus. His specialty is everlasting life.
Would you like it. Would you like everlasting life, go to him. He's the source.
Finally, Isaiah adds one more name wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, Prince of peace has an immediate application of every believer for UC's that enmity you have with God.
When you come by way of that peace treaty written by Jesus Christ signed was a worry in his blood. That enmity ends, you no longer feared standing before him. You know him now as your Lord and Paul would write it this way. Romans chapter 5 in verse one. Because of the work of Christ in whom you trust, you have found or you find peace with God. So you come to him if you haven't already and join us in singing the lyrics of Isaiah's poem called him wonderful say Lord I want you to be wonderful to me. For me through your death and sacrifice call him your wisest counselor you been running to everybody else for advice. The only one that can give you meaningful counsel for life is Jesus Christ and those who represent them call him my Almighty God, not just a baby, not just a good man, not just a great teacher, not just a monitored Messiah, God call him your source of eternal life goaded him for that gift to offers in claim as your own friends of Pete's. Thanks for joining.
This is wisdom for the heart with pastor and author Stephen Davey.
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