King and Counselor

King and Counselor

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Recommended Reading
John 14:16, 26
One of the embarrassing facts about King David’s affair with Bathsheba was that she was the granddaughter of Ahithophel the Gilonite, one of David’s most trusted counselors (2 Samuel 15:12). Seeking counsel from Ahithophel was “as if one had inquired at the oracle of God” (2 Samuel 16:23).

Kings had counselors, even if they didn’t always follow their advice. The sage — the wise man — was an important part of God’s economy in Israel along with prophet, priest, and king. But counselors were fallible; their advice was not perfect, so kings had more than one. But the prophet Isaiah foresaw a day when One would come who was both king and counselor; One who would be a counselor to those He ruled. That person was the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. After giving Israel counsel for three years on earth, He returned to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to continue His ministry of Counselor to His people (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7, HCSB).

If you need counsel, start with the One who is both Counselor and King — the One who is the source of both wisdom and power.

God never needs to change His counsels.
Matthew Henry


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