On Christmas Day, the Verse of the Day for December 25, 2016 comes from Isaiah 9:6 in the Amplified Bible:
For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given;
And the government shall be upon His shoulder,
And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Often a “name” such as this is given to a human or something describing attributes of God/Yahweh. One translation renders the opening of the verse: “His essential characteristics shall be.” Here is brief discussion of some of those qualities:
“Wonderful”—In Judges, the angel of the Lord is asked about the name of the Lord God, and he responds by saying: “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful (miraculous)?” (Judges 13:18).
“Counselor”—The Psalmist declares,
“I will bless the Lord who has counseled me;
Indeed, my heart (mind) instructs me in the night.” (Psalm 16:17)
Romans 11:33-34 also speaks of God as a counselor:
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and decisions and how unfathomable and untraceable are His ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor?
“Mighty God”—one translation reads “God, the mighty man.” The expression “the mighty God” is found in Isaiah 10:21 while the might of the Lord is also expressed in Psalm 24:8 (AMP):
Who is the King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
|Everlasting Father—This reference points to the everlasting Kingdom of the Father who reigns forever spoken of in 1 Chronicles 16:36 (Holman Standard Bible):|
May Yahweh, the God of Israel, be praised from everlasting to everlasting.” Then all the people said, “Amen” and “Praise the Lord.”
Daniel 4:3 (AMP) echoes this point:
“How great are His signs and how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and His dominion is from generation to generation.
Prince of Peace—This expression describes the notable attribute of being more than just a peacemaker but the embodiment of peace, as Ephesians 2:14 (AMP) makes known:
For He Himself is our peace and our bond of unity. He who made both groups—[Jews and Gentiles]—into one body and broke down the barrier, the dividing wall [of spiritual antagonism between us],
At the Messiah’s birth the multitude of the heavenly host proclaimed:
“Glory to God in the highest [heaven],
And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.”
All of these attributes are encompassed in the name spoken of in Isaiah 9:6:
In a discussion of the name that is given to the Messiah in this passage, the blog The Son of Jehovah, pointed out that the verse translated by the Jewish Publication Society of the Hebrew Bible refers to “a singular name that the promised Messiah was to be called by rather than a series of titles.”
The verse is rendered this way:
For a child is born unto us, a son is given unto us; and the government is upon his shoulder; and his name is called Pele-joez- el-gibbor-Abi-ad-sar-shalom;
The name in Isaiah 9:6 should also be understood similarly, since it is directly stated in the singular as a name, not plural, as “names.” Therefore, it is more correctly to be understood as describing Yahweh, not the Messiah who comes in the name of Yahweh. (Deuteronomy 18:15-19) Some editions of the JPS give this name the following meaning: “Wonderful in counsel is God the Mighty, the everlasting Father, the Ruler of peace.
George Friedrich Handel’s “Messiah,” the renowned, sacred oratorio with texts from the King James Version of the Bible is among the best known and most frequently performed music compositions in the Western world, particularly during the Christmas season. Isaiah 9:6, “For unto Us a Child born,” is set to music in this celebrated work. Listen as Sir Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and the Tenebrae Chorus in this excerpt.