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Karen Ingrid Clark

God With Us – The Promise of A Savior throughout the OT

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Week One – Day 3 – Wednesday – Isaiah 9:6-7 SOAP Isaiah 9:6wk01d03

WEDNESDAY ISAIAH 9:6-7 6 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. 7 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.

O/A – What a beautiful summary of WHO Christ is… and what He will do!

WHO –
• Wonderful Counselor – when I need someone to give guidance, to bring a sense of awe… bringing to mind the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives
• Mighty God – the All-Sufficient God – the El Shaddai, who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and able to meet my needs and conquer the Evil One
• Everlasting Father – from eternity to eternity. My Father God. He will never change. He will never end.
• Prince of Peace – bringing peace to my heart, overcoming my fears and failures
What He will Do –
• He is a child (human) born to us. He is GIVEN to us – God sent His Son – for us.
• The government shall be on His shoulder. He will REIGN – eternally. He will defeat the enemy and rule forever.
• The increase of His government (His rule) and of peace will have NO END. He will not only reign eternally, but He will rule over everything. And – He will bring PEACE. What a comfort for this world today!
• He will establish His Kingdom and uphold it with JUSTICE and with RIGHTEOUSNESS. Christ’s rule will bring a new kind of justice and righteousness that we long for, and do not see in today’s world.
• From this time forth and FOREVERMORE! – FOR EVER! And EVER!

The article below by Gayle Erwin ministered to my heart today. What a difference between today’s leaders and what Christ brings to our lives. Our human leaders cannot measure up to God’s standards – not just of justice, but of LOVE and SERVANTHOOD. But, we are the carriers of His government, today. We bring that justice and righteousness and peace to those we meet. When we are governed by God – we bring love, and peace, and righteousness, and justice to our world. “So, indeed, the government is alive and working. Often silently, mostly unseen. We can be and are, by choice, governed by God. Hope and joy and peace and rest cover its subjects. Justice, mercy and grace, amazingly coexist. I like this Kingdom. The borders are open. Come on in.” I want in!

P – Father God – my Wonderful Counselor, my Mighty God, my Everlasting Father, My Prince of Peace, rule in my life today. Bring Your kingdom into my world, and rule. May those who know me, who see me, see You. May they see you reign in my life. May they see Your love, and peace, and righteousness in my life, spilling out to theirs. Reign in me, Father. Reign in me. Pour out Your power and love. Amen.

Interesting comments here….

This ultimate fulfillment of this promise is still waiting. But we can still see the government … upon His shoulder in many ways. Gayle Erwin writes about the government God promises, both ultimately and right now:

What might such a government look like? First of all, it would look like its king. Politicians of this day look for what they can get from you. Jesus looks for what He can do for you.
Leaders of this day surround themselves with servants. Jesus surrounds us with His servanthood.
Leaders of this day use their power to build their empire. Jesus uses his power to wash our feet and make us clean and comfortable.
Leaders of this day trade their influence for money. God so loved that he gave …
Generals of this day need regular wars to keep their weapons and skills up to date and insure their own advancement. Jesus brings peace and rest to hearts.
The higher the plane of importance one reaches in this world, the more inaccessible he becomes. Jesus was Emanuel, “God with us.”
Leaders of this day are desperate to be seen and heard. Jesus sought anonymity so He could be useful.
Obviously, Jesus is not in charge of the halls of Washington, London, Moscow, Baghdad, Paris or Bonn. So, how can we ever believe the “government will be upon His shoulders”?
Actually, His government shows its workings in wonderful ways. Whenever I see someone who miraculously leaves a life of drugs or alcohol and is restored to his family and work, I can see that he is now governed by God.
Whenever I see loving Christians gently caring for orphans and those rejected by family, I know I am watching people governed by God.
Whenever I see people eagerly learning the Bible and joyously praising, I know who the governor is.
Whenever I see people give up lucrative careers simply to go and share the Good News of Jesus, I know they are governed by God.
When I see pastors carefully teach and lead the flock God has given them, I know they are getting signals from the great King.
When I see people leave family to live and teach in distant lands because they love the people who have not heard, I know they are governed by God.
So, indeed, the government is alive and working. Often silently, mostly unseen. We can be and are, by choice, governed by God. Hope and joy and peace and rest cover its subjects. Justice, mercy and grace, amazingly coexist. I like this Kingdom. The borders are open. Come on in. (on blueletterbible – David Guzik’s commentary)

“Whenever, in short, it appears to us that everything is in a ruinous condition, let us recall to our remembrance that Christ is called Wonderful, because he has inconceivable methods of assisting us, and because his power is far beyond what we are able to conceive. When we need counsel, let us remember that he is the Counselor. When we need strength, let us remember that he is Mighty and Strong. When new terrors spring up suddenly every instant, and when many deaths threaten us from various quarters, let us rely on that eternity of which he is with good reason called the Father, and by the same comfort let us learn to soothe all temporal distresses. When we are inwardly tossed by various tempests, and when Satan attempts to disturb our consciences, let us remember that Christ is The Prince of Peace, and that it is easy for him quickly to allay all our uneasy feelings. This will these titles confirm us more and more in the faith of Christ, and fortify us against Satan and against hell itself.” (Calvin – David Guzik’s commentary on blueletterbible)

For Unto Us – Open the Eyes of My Heart (Paul Baloche) –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ue6FbiHf30&index=14…
For unto us a Child is born
A Son is given A Son is given
For unto us a Child is born
A Son is given A Son is given
The Messiah
Oh to see Him

To see Him high and lifted up
Shining in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing Holy Holy Holy

For unto us a Child is born
A Son is given A Son is given
For unto us a Child is born
A Son is given A Son is given
The Messiah O

As we sing Holy Holy Holy
You are high and lifted up
Shining in the light of Your glory
Lord pour out Your power and love

As we sing Holy Holy Holy
Holy Holy Holy
Holy Holy Holy
Holy Holy Holy
Holy Holy Holy

For unto us a Child is born Holy Holy Holy
For unto us a Child is born Holy Holy Holy
For unto us a Child is born Holy Holy Holy
For unto us a Child is born Holy Holy Holy

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