Read: Isaiah 9:2-7
Centering Verse: He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6b)
- How has God brought joy to your life?
- What burdens has God lifted for you?
- In what ways is the authority of Jesus Christ visible/evident to us on earth?
Do you remember in elementary school doing acrostic poems? You would take your name and write it vertically on your paper. Then you would come up with a description of yourself that began with the letters of your name? For instance, J-O-S-H would become “Joyful, Optimistic, Sensitive, and Happy.” This passage is not necessarily an acrostic (though some biblical psalms are!), but it does list many of the characteristics of the Messiah. In a sense, it names God for us. We see this happen a good deal in the Old Testament, in which the Hebrew word El (meaning “God”) and the name YHWH (the personal name of God) are accompanied by descriptor words that give us a deeper look at God’s character. For instance, in Genesis 16, when Hagar is running out of fear from Sarai, God sees her in the wilderness and responds to her in compassion. She “names” God El-Roi (“the God who sees me”) in response. What names would you give God as a response to what God has done in your life? Try writing an acrostic that describes God, using the names Jesus or Yahweh or the word Trinity.
Closing Prayer: LORD God, speak your name over us.