Friday, December 6, 2013
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THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENTA Child with Divine Hands
Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. And the government shall be upon his shoulders. And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. --Isaiah 9:6
The virgin's son Isaiah now further defines. The child already has one divine name: Immanuel - meaning "God with us" - leaving no doubt that this is more than the son of a local king. But now the inspired prophet unloads a whole series of astonishing titles on the baby. He will be a ruler with Solomonic wisdom, though much greater than Solomon in view of the next designation, which are in the ultimate category: no less than the "Mighty God" and "Everlasting Father"!
What's in a name? Everything, so far as the Hebrew were concerned, hence that early commandment about not taking the Lord's name in vain. The sacred name of God was not even to be spoken aloud. To people of the Old Testament, the name connocted to full reality of the personage behind the name. Accordingly, Isaiah was either a false prophet for violating the Second Commandment (for Lutherans and Roman Catholics) or the Third (for everyone else). Unless, of course, Isaiah was a genuine prophet and spokesman for God.
Isaiah was never stoned to death as a false seer. Instead, this greatest prophet is revered by both Jews and Christians. He must, then, have foretold the truth, the absolutely incredible wonder that God was breaking through the cosmic barrier and establishing a bridge to humanity via the Isaiah Child, the Baby at Bethlehem. Of all the miracles in the Scripture, none is greater than the mystery of the Incarnation, God taking on created, human flesh.
Our Sovereign God, You, above all, can understand why all this seems impossible to human logic. And yet Your Holy Spirit takes what looks impossible and renders it credible indeed through the eyes of faith. Take not your Holy Spirit from us. Amen
Above is taken from Faithful Acts for Advent booklet by Paul L. Maier