Isaiah’s Genesis 3:15


Genesis 3:15 introduces for the first time the promise of a God-Man redeemer. But this would not be the last time this promise of the God-Man redeemer would be given. Thirty three hundred years after the promise was given to Eve and Adam, God repeated the promise – through the prophet Isaiah.

NAU Isaiah 9:6 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.

NIV 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, {6 Or Wonderful, Counselor} Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

KJV Isaiah 9:6 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.

The first part of the verse shows the human origin of the Messiah. God shows Isaiah that a Son will be born in the human world, specifically into the Jewish world.

The second part of the verse shows the Divine nature that is combined with the human nature in the Messiah. This is seen in the four names used to describe the Messiah – all applicable to God but three exclusively so:

Wonderful Counselor (exclusive – cp. Isaiah 25:1; 28:29);

Mighty God (exclusive – cp. Isaiah 10:21);

Eternal Father (exclusive – cp. Isaiah 63:16);

Prince of Peace (exclusively used of God in Isaiah but sometimes used of men in other parts of the Hebrew Scriptures).

Messiah will be both Divine and Human, who will sit upon the throne of David to fulfill the Davidic promise of ! chronicles 17:10-14).

NIV Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

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