Peleh Yo’etz (Wonderful Counselor)

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, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

Have you ever had a broken heart? I’m sure you have. If you are a human being, you have had a broken heart at least once in your life! Did you know how to handle that? Did you instantly move on without problems? Did you need a good friend to listen? Today, our name of God relates directly to that need to talk to a good friend!

This passage from Isaiah is a prophecy about Jesus.  Jesus is the fulfillment of this and every other Old Testament prophecy about the Messiah.  This is probably the most well-known Scripture about Jesus.  Anyone who has ever listened to Handel’s Messiah has heard this Scripture being sung!

There are two parts to this name that deserve observation.  The first part is ‘Wonderful’.  Dictionary.com defines this word in two ways:  “excellent, great, marvelous” and “of a sort that causes or arouses wonder; amazing astonishing”.  Both of those definitions give us some insight into this word, but truthfully, our English definitions don’t do this word justice.  In Hebrew the root word ‘pala’ means “a phenomenon lying outside the realm of human explanation”.  It is the idea of incomprehensible, unfathomable, inexplicable, extraordinary, marvel, a miracle!  

Jesus is so wonderful that He is beyond our ability to understand and explain.  

He replied, “Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding”.

Judges 13:18

The second part is ‘Counselor’.  Most people think of this as someone you go to when you have mental health issues.  But the way this word is used in the Bible is in reference to a wise king giving counsel to His people.  For example, King Solomon:

From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.

1 Kings 4:34

Jesus is the source of wisdom and all wisdom is hidden in Him:

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Psalm 32:7-8

All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.

Isaiah 28:29

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:2-3

Jesus knows each of us intimately.  He knows us down to the very core of our being.

But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.  He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

John 2:24-25

You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

Psalm 139:1-2

Read that whole Psalm sometime.  It is a beautiful picture of how much God knows us and cares for us!  Jesus knows what we are going through and we can trust Him to listen and guide us.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:15-16

in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:6

And the super amazing thing about this?  Jesus was this way from childhood!

After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.

Luke 2:46-47

Jesus does some of the things that we expect of a counselor, but He is so much more than that.  He was, in fact, sent for the brokenhearted people of the world.  All of us who are beat up and bruised, physically or emotionally, can come to Jesus.  We don’t have to tire from our own efforts.  Let Jesus be our Wonderful Counselor.

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