|artwork by Krista Hamrick|
Krista Hamrick’s beautiful original art print, Name Above All Names Alphabet, has so inspired me. Each of the 26 individual Names she has identified are so special, as Krista has intricately painted, almost like stained glass windows, each one with its Scripture reference.
Listening to the anointed Elevation Worship hymn, Everlasting Father, while studying Isaiah 9:6…
Amplified: 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 [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.
Expanded Bible: A child ·has been [or will be; the prophet views the future as though it had already happened] born to us;·God has given a son [L a son has been given] to us. He will be responsible for leading the people [L The government/rule/dominion will be on his shoulder]. His name will be Wonderful Counselor [or Wonderful! Counselor!; or Extraordinary Advisor], Powerful [Mighty] God, Father Who Lives Forever [Eternal Father], Prince of Peace.
NET: For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us. He shoulders responsibility and is called: Extraordinary Strategist, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
Eternal Father (in Hebrew is Abi'ad [ab = father and ad = eternal] which literally means "The Father of Eternity") In context, the Son Who is the King functions as a father would over his children—He acts like a father—He protects them, He feels affection and compassion for His children.
Pastor Harry Ironside writes: "It is easy to get sidetracked when we talk about Jesus as the "Everlasting Father." How can the Son be the Father? As soon as you ask that question you step into the minefield that we like to call the doctrine of the Trinity. Scripture affirms that there is one God who is manifest in three distinct and separate "persons" or personalities: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Spirit and the Spirit is not the Father. But they are all one God! Jesus is not called Everlasting Father because there is confusion about the nature of God the Father and God the Son. Jesus is called the Everlasting Father because of His father-like qualities. He is still God the Son, but His love and grace is like that of a Father with his children.
Look Up—meditate on Isaiah 9:6
Look In—as you meditate on Isaiah 9:6 pray to see how you might apply it to your life.
Look Out—as you meditate on Isaiah 9:6 pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others.
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