Saturday, December 2, 2017
The Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace
All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
Isaiah 9:6 is certainly a wonderful passage of Scripture. But contrary to perhaps most Christians this is not relegated to just the Christmas season. It is true for all the year, every year and forever. Isaiah 9:5-7 gives a fuller picture of what the Bible is saying. "For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." Reading these verses of the Old (Jewish) Testament makes me wonder if some in Jesus' day didn't wonder if the Jewish Sanhedrin knew that Jesus was the Messiah. The Bible says in John 7:25-26, "Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?"
It is somewhat amazing to me that there are no known descendants of King David today. I went to a Jewish Rabbi's site (http://www.aish.com/atr/Davidic-Line-Today.html) to see if they knew of any. The only thing I got from the site was the belief that the Messiah would be of David's lineage. How a Messiah could arise from David's line if the Jews don't even know of anyone living today who would meet that criteria. Jesus met the criteria in His being a descendant of King David. As I understand it, one of the reason's the Jews reject the Messiahship of Jesus is that Christians make Him God. This is nothing new, for in John 10:30-33, Jesus said, "I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God." To the Jews of His day it was blasphemy because in so saying that He and His Father were one He was essentially claiming deity. The Lord went on the say if they wouldn't believe Him for His words, they ought to believe Him for the works that He did. Instead they eventually crucified Him.
It is equally amazing to me that the majority of Christians, while they may profess that He is God, in works they deny Him. They believe that He is one of three persons in the Godhead while the Bible says in Deuteronomy 6:4, "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD..." And the Bible says in Colossians 2:9 that the Godhead dwells in Him. Further the Apostle Paul said in Colossians 2:10 that, "...ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power..." We have not been buried with them but with Him alone. (See Colossians 2:12) Let me say to any unbelieving Jewish person who may happen to read this posting, that Jesus wasn't just a man who claimed to be God but He was God and He made himself man in order to fulfill the Scripture and become our kinsman redeemer. To any Christian who may read this posting, if you haven't been baptized in Jesus name and obeyed what Apostle Peter said in Acts 2:38 you haven't been buried with Jesus the Messiah. (See also Colossians 3:17)