He Day 15 El Gibhor: Digging Deeper

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Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

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The Questions

1) How did the prophet of Isaiah know God, El Gibhor, The Mighty God?

2) How was El Gibhor evident in the life of Jesus?

3) Will Jesus Return as El Gibhor? When?

Isaiah 9:6-7

For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Original Intent

1) How did the prophet Isaiah know that God was El Gibhor, Mighty God?
Isaiah was one of the few who actually “saw the Lord” in a vision. (Isaiah 6:1) God’s power and might brought Isaiah to his knees in humility. He realized he was unclean, and he was as nothing before the One True God, Almighty. There was no doubt he knew, and had experienced, El Gibhor. As an Israelite, raised up knowing the Scriptures, Isaiah would have been taught about The Mighty God from an early age. God has shown His might and power since the beginning of time. With just a word, He spoke all of creation into existence. (Genesis 1, John 1). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created”. God showed Himself as The Mighty God many times throughout Scripture. The story of the Exodus from Egypt is filled with the Might of God. (the ten plagues in Egypt, the Red Sea,  the Jordan). There was no question in the minds of the Israelites that God was and is a Mighty God like no other. Countless times, men and women of God saw Him work in mightiness. David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lion’s den, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fire, and Elijah and the prophets of Baal are just a few examples. I am sure you can think of others, as well.

2) How was El Gibhor evident in the life of Jesus?
The Israelites expected the Messiah to come as Mighty God, a warrior to overthrow their enemies.  But God had something different in mind. The Messiah came humble, meek, and mild. The Israelites could not grasp this plan of God. El Gibhor had the power to set up His kingdom at the time of Jesus’ coming, but this was not His ultimate purpose. With just a Word, He calmed the seas, healed the sick, and raised the dead; however, these miracles were only to show us that He was indeed Mighty God. What mankind really needed was not a rescue from the tyranny of a ruling power. It was not for better health, or wealth, or to even have “peace on earth”. What man really needed was redemption from sin. As we know, Adam and Eve did not take long to fall from God’s holiness. God provided a temporary way for man to be forgiven by requiring the sacrifice of a perfect lamb, but an animal could not redeem man forever. Every year the sacrifice needed to be repeated. So, God, from the beginning of time, (Titus 1:2) planned to come Himself in the form of a man to be the pure sacrifice who would redeem us once and for all. This was his plan all along. (Hebrews 9:26-28) Here is where the power of God became obvious. Jesus broke the power of sin by rising from the dead and being seating at the right hand of God the Father. (Ephesians 1:20-23) None but the Mighty God could humble Himself to become a man and live a perfect life, then taking on the sin of all men, carrying it all to a cruel cross, bearing our punishment on Himself. None but a Mighty God could do such a thing! Only the Mighty God could raise Himself from the dead to live forever as our Redeemer from sin and death!

3) Will God Show His Might and Set up a Kingdom on Earth? When?
Yes! The heavens will open, and the Messiah will return on a white stallion. (just like a perfect fairytale). And with just a Word, He will convict all people who have denied His name. The fierce and righteous anger of God, the Almighty, El Gibhor, will condemn all unbelievers to an eternal death and separation from His goodness and holiness. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, King Jesus, will set up His Kingdom to rule in peace and righteousness for all eternity. (Revelation 19:11-16) (Enduring Word Commentary) But when will this happen?  Even Isaiah desired for God to come and establish His Kingdom. In Isaiah 64:1-2 he wrote, “Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence; as fire burns brushwood, as fire causes water to boil; to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence!” While all of creation longs for that final day of eternal victory and flawless redemption, only God knows the timing set apart for that glorious day. (Mark 13:32)

Everyday Application

1) How did the prophet Isaiah know that God was El Gibhor, Mighty God? How do we know?
We can still see the mighty works of God today. (Psalm 19:1) His creation, though marred by man, is still an amazing sight to behold. While in space, Astronaut John Glenn said, “To look at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is impossible”. In my own life, I have seen God work in ways that are impossible for man. I have watched in amazement as God made paths through impossibilities in my life, providing for great needs that I had no idea how it would be provided. Help from unexpected places I would never have dreamed. The only explanation ~ A God Thing! Where have you seen El Gibhor at work in your life? Often, if we look at a difficult time of our lives and sift it carefully, we will find the goodness of the Mighty God working and moving on our behalf to preserve and protect us, even if it doesn’t look as we may have expected.

2) How was El Gibhor evident in the life of Jesus?
Today, Jesus is still the Messiah. He is still mighty to save. (Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV) He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) He is our Wonderful Counselor, giving us wisdom from above. (John 16:13) He is our Eternal Father, providing our every need; stepping in where our earthly fathers fail. (Psalm 68:5-6) He is the Prince of Peace, filling our hearts with a peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:4-7) Many are still looking for an earthly Messiah who will set up a great kingdom, stopping all wars, providing for the poor and the sick. Some know of Jesus and wonder why He allows bad things to happen. Why doesn’t He stop the killing? Why does he allow pandemic diseases to cover the earth causing thousands to lose their lives? We are still blinded from the truth that what God wants is to remove our stony hearts and give us tender, responsive hearts. (Ezekiel 36:26) He wants to give us His Spirit springing up into eternal life in our hearts. (John 4:14) Have you found this Messiah, the One who forgives sin and gives peace even when life around us is turbulent?

3) Will God Show His Might and Set up a Kingdom on Earth? When?
Jesus talked of His return to earth in the Olivet Discourse. (Matthew 24) He said, “Now concerning that day and hour no one knows—neither the angels of heaven nor the Son —except the Father alone. Our response to The Mighty God is to be ready. For no one knows the time of His return. If we are not ready to meet Him, we will be turned away and left in the place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth; this is eternal punishment apart from God. (Matthew 24:45-51) I appeal to you today, with the words of the great preacher, Charles Spurgeon, as God the Spirit shall help you, come and put your trust in Jesus Christ, He is “the Mighty God.” Oh, Christians, believe Him more than ever, cast your troubles constantly on Him; He is “the Mighty God;” go to Him in all your dilemmas, when the enemy comes in like a flood, this Mighty God shall make a way for your deliverance; take to Him your griefs, this Mighty God can alleviate them all; tell him your backslidings and sins, this Mighty God shall blot them out. And, O sinners, you that feel your need of a Saviour, come to Christ and trust Him for He is “the Mighty God.”  Go to your houses, and fall on your knees and confess your sins, and then cast your poor, guilty, helpless, naked, defenseless souls before His omnipotence, for He is able to save unto the uttermost them that come unto God by Him, because when he died, He was not manhood, without divinity, but He was “the Mighty God.” This, I say, we will write on our banners, from this day forth and forever. this shall be our joy and our song, the child born and the son given, is to us “The Mighty God”! Give your full surrender to El Gibhor, the Mighty God!

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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

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