What a Lovely Name! by Steve Wagers

What a Lovely Name!
Steve N. Wagers
Isaiah 9:6
December 12, 2004

Sermon Outline:
1. He Takes Care of the Decisions of Life!
a. His Authority!
b. His Ability!
2. He Takes Care of the Demands of Life!
a. A God Mighty in Creation!
b. A God Mighty in Salvation!
3. He Takes Care of the Difficulties of Life!
a. As a Father, He Loves Us!
b. As a Father, He Leads Us!
4. He Takes Care of the Disturbances of Life!
a. We can Rest in His Peace!
b. We can Rely on His Peace!

Until the 14th century most people had only one name. It has been estimated that in medieval England 3 of every 5 men carried the name of Henry, Robert, John, William or Richard. As towns and cities grew, so did the necessity to further identify individuals and families, thus requiring a second name, or surname. There were basically 4 ways in which surnames, or permanent family names were adopted.

Patronymics: The fathers' name with "son" immediately after it. i.e. Peterson, or Woodson.

Place Names: Words that identify where a person lived or came from.

Occupational Names: Words that identify what a person did for a living, i. e. Miller, Butcher, Baker, Taylor, or Butler.

Nicknames: Usually based on a person's personality, features or characteristics. 1

It has been estimated that there are more than 3000 names of God revealed in scripture. Perhaps some of the greatest names of God are found in Isaiah 9: 6. The prophet Isaiah looks some 740 years into the future to see the coming Messiah. He envisions His coming to a cradle, His hanging on a cross and His wearing of a crown.

In verse 6 we're told that "his name shall be called." In the Hebrew manner of speaking, "to be called" simply meant that the person spoken of shall effectually be what he is called, and will actually fufill his title.

In verse 6 he is called "Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting father, and the Prince of Peace." In other words, He shall be all of these things, ...

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