This name is a QUALIFICATION FOR RULING
Potential responses to the ‘counsel’ of God:
- FEAR (Isaiah 8:11-13)
- FALSE HOPE (Isaiah 8:19-20)
- WAIT (Isaiah 9:1-2)
The name of ‘Wonderful Counselor’ is a declaration of Jesus’ unique qualification as ultimate ruler.
What one thing spoke to your heart the most from the Word of God in these Scriptures? What does your name mean? Do you know? Think about some names that are immediately recognizable in culture. What might some people think when they are asked what comes to mind when you hear the name ‘Jesus?’
Read Isaiah 9:6 – What is the dual importance of the words ‘child’ and ‘son?’ What does this indicate about the Messiah?
Read Job 12:13 – what is meant when we talk about the ‘counsel’ of the Lord? What does this verse indicate about God’s ability to accomplish His plans?
Read Isaiah 8:12-13. What are the options of God’s people when it comes to fear? What is the difference between God being our ‘destination’ or our ‘downfall’ (8:14-15)
Read Isaiah 8:19. What were the people of God consulting for future events? What does Isaiah emphasize they should be guided by? (8:20)
Read Isaiah 9:4 – 6. What is the importance of the burden of rule being on the ‘shoulder’ of the Messiah? How does this free God’s people?
Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. Why is Christ a stumbling block and folly? Why do many people have a hard time believing that this would be the wise counsel of God to rescue His people?
Why is it important for us to preach Christ to ourselves regularly? How does that replace our fear with faithfulness? How does that drive us to greater hope? How does that create patience in us?
How can I share the Wonderful Counsel of the Gospel with others this season? Think about ways to initiate conversations with others that lead to God’s wise plan for rescue.
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