Meditation Isaiah 9.6 (December Memory Verse)

Isaiah 9.6 in the ESV and the NKJV:

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.” (ESV)

“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.” (NKJV)

While most Bible translators place do not place a comma between “Wonderful” and “Counselor” (ESV, NASB, etc.), some don’t (KJV, NKJV). While it may not seem like a big deal, it does change the number of names from 4 to 5. One needs to remember that the original Hebrew did not have punctuation marks, so the translator is forced into making an interpretive decision. I think that 4 names is correct, partially because it keeps the symmetry of the list, with each name having at least two words.

One thing I like better about the KJV/NKJV rendering is the use of the word “unto.”  There is two reasons for this. First, I grew up hearing the familiar, majestic language of the King James Version every Christmas. So there is some nostalgia involved. Second, I cannot seem to get Handel’s Messiah out of my head. I simply cannot imagine the choir singing “For TO us a child is born” instead of “For UNTO us a child is born.”

But in making reference to Handel’s Messiah, I must acknowledge that, Handel having used the King James Version, his song supports the idea of FIVE names: Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

Regardless of whether Isaiah was prophesying about a coming Messiah who would be Wonderful and a Counselor OR a Wonderful Counselor, there is not doubt He was talking about our glorious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


The “Lucky” $1.6 Billion Mega Millions Winner?

Eventually someone “will get lucky. As in real, real lucky.” That’s how one journalist described the current situation in the Mega Millions lottery. I would like to challenge that notion.

With the pot currently at $1.6 billion, if “someone” wins, they will have their entire life turned completely upside down, and much of it won’t necessarily be for the better.

How’s that, you might ask? I’ll give you two reasons…

Reason #1: The winner will think that their financial problems were solved. Nope. They simply exchanged one set of financial problems for another. Who do you trust to help you invest the money? How do you avoid being scammed by attorneys, investors, financial advisors? The more money you have, the money you have to worry about.

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Choose Life

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Along with the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh, there has been much conversation about one of the most controversial Supreme Court rulings in the past half century… Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. Since then, millions have been needlessly killed in the name of “healthcare.”
Proponents of abortion argue that the pre-born baby is not a human being, but simply a “potential” human being. In their defense of Roe vs. Wade, they rarely mention the baby at all, usually completely ignoring the reality of another human life involved, instead focusing on terms and phrases like “a woman’s right over her own body” and “a woman’s right to choose” and “a woman’s right to healthcare.” In over 99% of the cases, abortion is not about a woman’s health… it’s about an unwanted baby.

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