008 Forever Father

Isaiah 9:6b These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father…

And there is more.  This child will not only be known as Wonder Counselor and Hero God, this child will also be called "Everlasting Father."  This baby, this son, upon whom the weight of the entire world will be carried, is to known as Father.

The Hebrew for this title is Abbi-‘ad.  Abba.  Father.  ‘Ad.  Perpetuity.  The child is born and he is known as Father.  His relationship with people will never end!  Amazing!  Bewildering!  This child is a wonder!  People will know him as father.  People will be his children.  When the children of Israel return to God, Isaiah is saying, they will return to this child.  The children of Israel are parented by this child!  He will forever be standing guard over them, supplying their needs, raising them in God’s ways, showering them with tenderness and provision and protection and love.  He will shepherd them and guide them, teach them and train them, lay his life down for them.  And all of this is not for a brief period of human life… not just for a generation until the child dies.  No, this child will be their Father forever.  Isaiah 63:16 – "You, O Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer forever is your name."  This child is not a father who will abandon his children… He will always be with us, even until the very end of the age (Matthew 28:21).

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