His Name - Part 2
Isaiah 9:6b – “And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (NKJV)
Last week in Part 1 of "The Name," we showed that a name speaks of all that is true about a person. Shem in the Hebrew is translated as name and tells of the identity of that person's character and nature. Using Isaiah 9:6b, we have considered Wonderful, Counselor, and Mighty God. Let's look at the other names in the verse.
In the Hebrew, Everlasting Father is spelled Gimmel-Beth-Resh. Gimmel represents “Lovingkindness,” Beth the “Heart,” and Resh the “turning” and/or “changing direction.” When we pray, we are praying in the Name of the One whose heart is filled with lovingkindness and is willing to enter into our life’s battles to turn our life around and change its direction toward a victory that is already ours in Jesus Christ.
Finally, the name Prince of Peace, also found in Acts 3:15, denotes the Author of Life in its Semitic root. They both mean “navel.” The navel is where the umbilical cord from the mother is attached to feed the unborn child, carrying the idea that the source of all peace and life is through Jesus Christ and no other.
As we pray to the Everlasting Father, His lovingkindness is ready to turn our situation around in the direction of a victory that comes through faith (1 John 5:4). Jesus is the only true source for peace. He alone, through His Spirit, is the Life-Giver. So, as we pray in His Name, may He be the source that uses us as willing conduits of the powerful workings that come through His Mighty Name, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.