His Name IS Advent Devotion: Day 21
For to us a child is born, to 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. —Isaiah 9:6
Take a look at the definition for Everlasting Father in the original language:
everlasting – ‘aḏ – A noun meaning eternity; perpetuity, forever, continuing future. The word signifies God’s dwelling place.
Father – ’âḇ – of God as father of his people
In Genesis 21:33, God reveals Himself to Abraham by His name, ’êl ‘ôlâm, the Everlasting God!
’êl – God, the one true God, Jehovah; mighty things in nature, strength, power; Almighty God.
‘ôlâm – everlasting, indefinite or unending future, eternity, forever, always.
Read through the following verses that help us to know He is our Everlasting Father:
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God. —Psalm 90:2
For you are our Father,
though Abraham does not know us,
and Israel does not acknowledge us;
you, O Lord, are our Father,
our Redeemer from of old is your name. —Isaiah 63:16
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength. —Isaiah 40:28-29
May his name endure forever,
his fame continue as long as the sun!
May people be blessed in him,
all nations call him blessed. —Psalm 72:17
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him. —John 14:18-21
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “ Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. —Galatians 4:1-7
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. —Hebrews 13:8
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. —Jude 1:24-25
This post was first published on the blog on December 24, 2014.