Oneness in Isaiah
R. Gustason, 23 Jun 2011
Isaiah is a wealth of prophetic prose describing the coming Messiah who is the God of the Old Testament, YHWH. Isaiah 9:6 is the classic example of this. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the goverment shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. It is clear that Jesus Christ fulfilled all of these roles and is the mighty God spoken of by Isaiah.
Wonderful, A miraculous thing. Surely the world has not seen anything as miraculous as God the Father being born of a virgin as a tiny babe who would be the lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
goverment upon his shoulder, shkem is translated into the English as "a place of burdens". Goverment can also mean Empire in the Hebrew, or in other words the kingdom would be His burden. Jesus came to save the Jew first, and then the Gentile also. Jesus was always about His Father's business. For Jesus is God manifest or made visible in the flesh, blood, and bone.
Our counselor comes from the Hebrew word ya'ats. It meand guide, to advise, to deliberate, etc . . . Jesus is the exsemplary example of what we are to be as Christians. To other role model is needed. He is our all and all.
Jesus is the subject of Isaiah 9:6 with no doubts for none other in history has fulfilled all these roles and made himself the ultimate sacrifice for mankind's sin. That sin which continues to be inherited year after year from our father, Adam. Isaiah makes a plethora of allusions to the monotheism held dear by all blieving Jews of his day.
I will be continuing to explore the book of Isaiah over this weekend and demonstrate the oneness message it cries to all believers.