We are right in the middle of looking at Isaiah’s prophesy of the coming Messiah. Let’s look again at Isaiah 9:6: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
(If you missed the first two weeks, take some time to go back and dig a little deeper into “wonderful counselor” and “mighty God”.)
Now let’s look a little closer at Everlasting Father.
This word, translated “everlasting”, is also translated “eternal” in some translations. It implies that something will last forever. It’s often put together in a way to say “forever and ever”. Take a closer look at a few verses to see how its used in other places.
I’m POSITIVE we all have our own knee-jerk reactions to the word “father”. Whether they’re good or bad, they are undoubtedly present. Instead of working off of those personal responses, let’s take a deeper look at what “father” would have meant to the Jewish people at the time.
It’s important to note that “father” here doesn’t have anything to do with the Trinity. Isaiah is not saying that the Messiah is the first person of the godhead or confusing God the Father and God the Son. That’s all more for another day, but it’s too important to not mention.
The word “father” here is word 1 in Strong’s Concordance. I find that fascinating!
Look up that word and write out the full definition.
Context makes all the difference and is our first clue to figure out which definition(s) apply to this scripture. Which parts of the definition of “father” do you feel apply to this verse?
It’s clear that it does imply that the Messiah rules over and blesses his people forever. But there’s also a certain poetry to Hebrew that makes this a beautiful phrase. In Hebrew and Aramaic, the one who originates a thing is deemed the father of it. “Thus, the father of strength means strong; the father of knowledge, intelligent; the father of glory, glorious; the father of goodness, good; the father of peace, peaceful. According to this, the meaning of the phrase, the Father of eternity, is properly eternal.”
Isn’t that so powerful?
The Messiah is so unwavering that He is credited as the father of eternity itself. And we know that to be true from studying creation. The Trinity (Father, Son, and Spirit) were all together, even before the beginning of creation. Because Jesus is the Son, we can trust in this. Jesus always was. He always will be. Forever and ever.
The New Testament is the perfect fulfillment of Old Testament prophesy. It supports how Jesus is the Everlasting Father. Before we close for the day, check out a few of these verses.
Colossians 1:15-20 (specifically v 17)
Which one resonates with you the most?
Don’t forget to print out your PDF if you are studying along with us: Everlasting Father- Part 1