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# 08359 :  Isaiah 9:6

Dear Brethren in Christ and Fellow Readers:

 

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

I was absent from the Forum for over two years. As I looked at the Forum, in January 2018, I found that it was lacking discussions that are scripturally sound for the benefit of believers in Christ and decided to open a thread on Isaiah 9:6.

 

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name is called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.”

 

I welcome meaningful postings that will be glorifying His name. The readers who are brethren in Christ may feel free to contribute up to, including, the expressions that I discuss in each frame. I request that the contributors not to make postings to highjack the discussion, but please make postings to glorify His name. After each session, I may delay my succeeding postings for a few days to make it possible for others to make their contributions.

 

Shalom Malekim!!!

Post by : George P. Koshy  View Profile    since : 5 Feb 2018


Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 7 Feb 2018 4:39:11 PM Close

Isaiah 9:6 – Part-I:

 

Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name is called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.”

 

The meaning of the Hebrew name Isaiah is ‘Jah is helper’ or ‘salvation of Jah.’ This prophecy about the Child, that was to be born, who is the Son is climax of a few previous prophecies about Him. It started, if I could say, with the vision that Isaiah had on the year of King Uzziah’s death. The meaning of Uzziah in Hebrew is ‘Jah is strong.’

 

When he had this vision, the king Uzziah was still alive. However, he died later in that year. If the vision was after the death of Uzziah, then it would have been on the first year of his successor—Jotham. In that vision, Isaiah saw Jehovah sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up. Lord Jesus Christ referred to this vision and told us that it was a vision of Him in glory. We read that in John 12:37-41, especially we read in verse 41, “These things said Esaias because he saw His glory and spoke of Him.” In the Book of Isaiah, we read about the seeing of the glory of Jehovah in chapter 6 verses 1 through 7.

 

In Isaiah 6:1-7, we read about the Son being lifted up high on a throne.

 

The next prophecy about the child that was born as the son is in Isaiah 7:3. Jehovah asked Isaiah to meet King Ahaz the grandson of Uzziah along with Isaiah’s son Shear-jashub. The meaning of Shear-jashub in Hebrew is ‘a remnant shall return’ and that of Ahaz is ‘he holds.’ Here we are introduce to the son of Isaiah as a shadow of the Son to tell the king who holds the nation of Judah about a remnant that shall return after the captivity. In the section at the end of this article, this prophecy is denoted by the symbol A1.

 

In Isaiah 7:3, we read about the Son who is not lifted up on a throne, but being a child that was born on this earth and the subject is about the return of a remnant as the result of a salvation of Jah—Isaiah. The progressive revelation is that Jehovah who was in glory left that glory (John 17:5) and humbled Himself and became a human (Matthew 1:23). In the section at the end of this article, this prophecy is denoted by the symbol B1.

 

The next prophecy about the Son is in Isaiah 7:14. The use of the participle, translated as ‘Behold,’ indicates that this is a vision. This vision is about a sign, which is different from a shadow or type. It is about the long expected ‘Seed of the Woman,’—“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and shall bring forth a Son, and call His name Immanuel.” We know that the meaning of Immanuel is “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). In the section at the end of this article, this prophecy is denoted by the symbol A2.

 

In contrast to what we read in Isaiah 6:1 -- being Jehovah, He was seen as high and lifted up on the throne, and in 7:3 -- a son that is born on this earth as the salvation to the remnant, in 7:14 -- we see a son that is born on this earth is ‘God with us.’

 

The next prophecy about the Son in Isaiah is seen in chapter eight. There we read about the son of Isaiah with the name Maher-shalal-hash-baz and its meaning in Hebrew is ‘To make haste to plunder, hurry to the spoil’ or ‘Swift for spoil, hasty for prey.’ It could be interpreted as ‘God is against those against us.’ If we take that interpretation, then we may say that it is similar to what we read before, “God with us.” In the section at the end of this article, this prophecy is denoted by the symbol B2.

 

The next prophecy about the Son in Isaiah is in Isaiah 9:6. There we read about the child that is born and the Son that is given. We will discuss this verse in detail, in the coming days, as God wills. In the section at the end of this article, this prophecy is denoted by the symbol C.

 

In the section below, I staggered the prophecies using the symbols I used. You will see A1 and A2 are aligned together and they are about the Son being Jehovah and Immanuel—“God With Us.” You will also note that the second and fourth prophecies about the Son in marked as B1 and B2 and they are aligned to each other but not with A1 and A2. The fifth prophecy about the Son is marked as C and it is placed farther right of the others. You may see the reason for this staggered placement as we progress in our study.

 

 

Shalom Malekim!!!

(To be continued)

 

 

The Five Prophecies About the Son in Isaiah

 

A1.      High and lifted up == > Jehovah on the throne – Isaiah 6:1-7

                 B1.     Isaiah’s son – Shear-jashub == > Salvation of the remnant – Isaiah 7:3

A2.      Immanuel = God with us == > Seed of the Woman – Isaiah 7:14

                 B2.     Isaiah’s son – Maher-shalal-hash-baz = Swift for spoil,  hasty for prey

                            == > God is against those against us – Isaiah 8:1-4

                             C.   Child born and Son given – the Ruler whose name is Wonderful,

                                    Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace -- Isaiah 9:6

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Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 16 Feb 2018 7:21:06 PM Close

Isaiah 9:6 – Part-II:

 

Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name is called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.”

 

We will concentrate on the expressions in Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.” Isaiah was prophesying to the children of Israel. Therefore, “us” stands for the children of Israel. To the children of Israel, a child was born.

 

These two expressions about the child that was born and the Son that was given unite the incarnation and the deity of the Son. It is a declaration that Christ is one and not two. Here we read that the child that was born is the S0on that was given. Child is born as the ‘Seed of the Woman,’ and the Son is given by the Father.

 

There are some Christians who make statements to the effect that Christ never claimed deity when He was on the earth as the child that was born and the Son that was given. I ask them to read the Scriptures, because the Lord Jesus Christ asked men to read the Scriptures. He also said that it is written of Me. In this connection, I will produce two instances that are written in the Scriptures where Lord Jesus Christ claimed His deity. In both instances, He claimed that He is Jehovah of the Old Testament. These two instances are recorded in three places. Thus there are three witnesses wrote that the Lord Jesus Christ claimed that He is Jehovah. God requires two or three witnesses.

 

The first instance in which He claimed His deity was when Satan tempted Him and that took place at the beginning of His earthly ministry among the Jews. It is written in Matthew 4:4, “But He answering said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word which goes out through God’s mouth.” Again we read about this in Luke 4:4, “And Jesus answered unto him saying, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” This is what the Child that was born as the ‘Seed of the Woman’ and the Son that was given as the ‘Sprout of Jehovah’ (Isaiah 4:2) told Satan when he tempted Him. The ‘Seed of the Woman’ told Satan that the words of the ‘Son of God’ is all that is needed to satisfy His—the Seed of the Woman’s—hunger. The ‘Seed of the Woman’ claimed His deity to Satan, who tried to question it.

 

Let us look into the second test that Satan placed before the ‘Seed of the Woman,’ the One who was born as a child. It is written in Matthew 4:7, “Jesus said to him, It is again written, you shall not tempt the Lord your God.” Again we read in Luke 4:12, “And Jesus answering said to him, It is said, you shall not tempt the Lord your God.” When Satan asked the ‘Seed of the Woman’ to demonstrate that He is the ‘Son of God’ by jumping from the edge of the temple, the reply was that he should not tempt His God. If this is not the claiming of His deity, what is it?

 

Now, let us look into the third testing that Satan placed before the ‘Seed of the Woman.’ We read in Matthew 4:10, “Then says Jesus to him, Get you away, Satan, for it is written, you shall do homage to the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve.” This the response Satan received from the ‘Seed of the Woman,’ when Satan asked the ‘Seed of the Woman’ to fall down and worship him. The ‘Seed of the Woman’ told Satan that he should not only worship him, but also serve Him. If this is not the claiming of the deity by the ‘Seed of the Woman’—the Child that was born, then what is it?

 

In one instance, the ‘Child that was born’ claimed His deity three times and it is written twice by Matthew and Luke; and there are some Christians who have not read it even once! Without reading the Scriptures, they go around and make statements to the effect that the Lord Jesus Christ did not say that He is Jehovah.

 

I wish to present another instance in which the ‘Seed of the Woman’—the Child that was born and the Son that was given—claimed His deity. It is written in John 12:41, “These things said Esaias because he saw His glory and spoke of Him.” I hope that the readers will take time to read the verses before and after this verse to understand the context. The people did not believe on the ‘Seed of the Woman’ that was born as the Child, though He did many signs to show that He is the arm of Jehovah. To those men, the ‘Seed of the Woman’ showed through many signs that He is the arm of Jehovah. John 12:41 tells us that Esaias saw the glory of the ‘Seed of the Woman’ and spoke of Him. Esaias—another name for Isaiah, saw the glory of Jehovah and we read about it Isaiah 6:1-4. Here Christ claimed that He is Jehovah and Isaiah saw His glory and spoke of Him. Unfortunately, in the 21st century, some Christians say that the ‘Seed of the Woman’ did not claim that He is God. We should ask them to read the Scriptures and it is written of Him, especially about His divinity.   

 

The first instance was to Satan and the latter one was to men who refused to believe His deity. Today some Christians also do the same thing. Are they behaving like Satan or are they behaving like unbelieving men?

 

We will look into the expression, “Unto us a Son is given.” Here we read about a giving of the Son. We read this in John 3:16 from the lips of the Son that was given. There we read that it was the Father who gave the Son. In order to give anything, the giver must have possession of what he gives. The Father had the Son before He gave the Son. Therefore, we could say that the expression under our consideration indicates the divinity of the Son, who is the Child that was born. Therefore we see the divinity of the Child—the ‘Seed of the Woman’—in this expression.

 

When we consider the whole expression, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.” It tells us about the joining of the human nature of the Child that was born and the divine nature of the Son that was given.

 

Let us meditate on; ‘A child is given—His human nature; and a Son is given—His divine nature’ are united in the ‘Seed of the Woman’ who is the ‘Son of God.’

 

Shalom Malekim!!!

(To be continued)

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