Isaiah 9:6–7 (NKJV) — 6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
This passage is right smack in the middle of one of the greatest prophecies ever given. The whole book of Isaiah opens up the promise of Jesus Christ and His salvation. Let’s take a moment to examine what this passage says about Jesus Christ.
- For unto us a Child is born – Jesus, the Messiah, would be born. He was born of a virgin named Mary. He wouldn’t just come to the earth as a man to conquer evil, but He came as a baby and grew and was tempted and hurt and knew all the pains we know for the sole purpose of being able to aid us (Heb 2:17-18)
- Unto us a son is given – Jesus was born of Mary, but he was given to Joseph. Joseph wasn’t His natural father. Jesus was conceived miraculously in Mary. Therefore he is the Son of God yet given to a man to raise as a son.
- And the government will be upon His shoulder – Jesus will reign on the earth at His return. The government of the whole earth will rest upon Him and Him alone.
- His name will be called Wonderful – Jesus is awesome and wonderful. His rule will be awesome and wonderful.
- His name will be called Counselor – Jesus will be the ultimate source of all wisdom on the earth. His counsel will stand and put to shame all others.
- His name will be called Mighty God – It will be known throughout all the earth that the King Jesus Christ in Jerusalem is God.
- His name will be called Everlasting Father – Jesus will be known to be in unity with the Father. He is equal with the Father and on the earth speaks for the Father.
- His name will be called Prince of Peace – Jesus will usher in a time of complete peace. The passages in this chapter of Isaiah just before and after speak of this peace that will come after an age of war.
- Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end – Jesus’ government and rule will be the ultimate authority. The whole earth will be His and nothing will be left out.
- Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom – Jesus will rule over David and all of Israel. This is the great promise He has made and Israel will be the first nation of all the earth. His rule is to bring justice on the earth and forever more.
We read this verse all the time at Christmas, yet never really look to the future. This passage in Isaiah covers the entire story of Jesus from his birth to eternity as king in the Millennial Kingdom. It speaks of a time when all people on the earth will worship and obey Jesus.
The very last words of this verse sum up the truth what is to come: “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Amen, come Lord Jesus.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Isaiah 42-44
- Day 2 – Isaiah 45-48
- Day 3 – Isaiah 49-53
- Day 4 – Isaiah 54-58
- Day 5 – Isaiah 59-63
- Day 6 – Isaiah 64-66
- Day 7 – Jeremiah 1-3