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.
(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