Hebrew Highlights 80 – A CHILD IS BORN
Shalom. This is Yuval Shomron, coming to you from Jerusalem.
ISA 9:6-7 “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.”
This passage has to stand as the most singly exciting Old Testament reference to the birth of Messiah Yeshua. As in many verses in the book of Isaiah, the Hebrew words here are beautiful, poetic, and lend themselves well to song. Allow me to read the first verse in its original tongue.
Ki yeled yulad lanu, ben nitan lanu, vat’hi hamisra al shichmo, vaikra shmo pele yoetz, El gibor, Avi-ad, sar-shalom.
Unlike some passages in the Hebrew texts, the words here are absolutely clear, and translation is easy. There is no confusion or misunderstanding available for comment. Let me point out a few gems of truth contained in these two verses.
First of all, there is no doubt they speak of Messiah, because of the reference to the everlasting throne of David. So then, we have many revelations about the coming King, in just a few simple words.
We know for instance, that He was to be born, and to grow up going through childhood. We also know that the government would be on his shoulders. In other words, He himself would bear the burden of the eternal kingdom.
Four of the names given to Messiah here are particularly interesting. “Ben”, or son, “El”, or God, “Av”, or Father, and “Sar”, or Prince.
How can someone be both a son and a God, without being the son of God? How can one be a Prince, without His Father being a King? How can He be both a Son, and an Everlasting Father at the same time? How can the government rest on His shoulders if He remains a Prince and never becomes King?
Well, you and I know the answer from JOH 10:30, where Yeshua himself said, "I and the Father are one."
It’s no wonder that in Hebrew, instead of saying Christmas, we say “Chag haMolad”, or “Holiday of the birth”.
“Chag Molad Sameach”, “Happy Holiday of the birth”. from Jerusalem.