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
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
God working through Isaiah has a long to say. Reminded of the imagery of a child just a few chapters before, we receive a prophecy looking to a child to remind us of God’s presence to this child coming who will be called “Mighty God”.
When the government rests of someone’s shoulders in Isaiah’s time that would refer to a king. It has been several generations after David by this point, and the kings haven’t been as good as the people have hoped or expected. They haven’t forgotten the promise of a kingdom without end, but they are not as excited as they once were. What good is a never-ending kingdom if the kings are terrible people?
The people of Israel look to God to fix their problems with the kings. He responds by telling of a person who will be on David’s throne forever and the names he will go by. Names like wonderful counselor and prince of peace. Names that are vastly different from the failures that take the throne and fight meaningless battles with area nations.
Peace is highly pervasive in this prophecy. A peace without end is the dream of the people of the land. And realistically, it’s our dream too. We won’t have to lose family members to fight for our place to live, for our security. We won’t have to suffer the effects of war, but instead focus on living with one another in a community unafraid. God promises that it will be God himself that makes this happen. We don’t have to rely on someone to make this happen, God will do it. And he reminds us in this prophecy that His promise will still happen. He will make this peace happen through fulfilling his earlier prophecy through David’s lineage.
You have promised that there will always be someone from David’s line on the throne. We look forward to the day when that kingdom comes into completion and he reigns forevermore. We long for this kingdom of peace and the tranquility that it brings. The end of loss, the end of suffering at the hands of others. We can’t wait. We pray for patience to wait until you complete it.
In Jesus name
Carol of the Day:
For Unto Us A Child Is Born
Christmas Carol Marathon
Do you have a favorite Christmas Carol? Share that with one another. Why is that your favorite? Is it the tune? Is it the words? Is it the popularity or a memory of a time gone by?
Talk it over together. Share what makes it great. Then sing them together. Use this time to make new memories. Maybe even a new tradition.