The Star of God Isaiah 9:6 -- By: James Leo Green

Journal: Faith and Mission
Volume: FM 13:1 (Fall 1995)
Article: The Star of God Isaiah 9:6
Author: James Leo Green


The Star of God Isaiah 9:6

James Leo Green

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Old Testament
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wake Forest, NC 27587

A sermon preached in Binkley Chapel
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wake Forest, North Carolina
December 15, 1961

You may know it, but in the Revised Standard Version there are four titles for this king who is to come; but I still go along with Dr. Delitzsch who believes that there are five names for this marvelous Messiah who is to appear. The Hebrew itself would suggest that perhaps this is a better rendering. And finally before we have our prayer and bring our message, may I wish for every one of you a very joyful and meaningful Christmas. Now we turn in the Bible to read some verses from the ninth chapter of the prophecy of Isaiah:

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light. They that dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. 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, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end. Upon the throne of David and upon His kingdom to establish it and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.

May God bless the reading of this portion of His holy Word. Now may we pause for just a moment as we unite our hearts in prayer? Our loving Father, we are grateful today for many things. But we are most thankful for the gift of Jesus Christ to be our Savior, for His Incarnation, for the life of unselfish service that He lived among men, for His death for our sins on the cross, for His triumphant resurrection, for His present intercession on our behalf, for the assurance of Thy love and of eternal life in Him, and for the promise that one day He shall return in victory and in glory, we praise Thee. And we ask that during this Christmas season we may come to a deeper understanding of His character and His purposes

and to a greater readiness to place ourselves unreservedly upon the altar for service in His name. Wilt Thou guide us not only through this period but throughout the activities of the day? Wilt Thou protect us on our homeward journeys, and wilt Thou be very near to each of us throughout this time of renewal and refreshing? And grant, O God, that at the center of our emphasis, there may be a spiritual commemoration of the Incarnation, a recognition of the blessed fact that in Jesus Christ God came to earth that He...

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