Emmanuel – God with Us ( Isaiah 7: 14)

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Emmanuel – God with Us ( Isaiah 7: 14). “Emmanuel” appears three times in Scripture, twice in the Old Testament (in Isaiah) and once in the New. It is the name specifically used of Jesus, God incarnate, the second person of the Trinity, the Word of God that became flesh (John 1: 14).

(Isaiah 7: 14) reads, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.”

The name appears again in Isaiah 8:8. The New Testament, in Matthew 1:23, points back to this prophecy of Isaiah at the time of its fulfillment: “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means ‘God with us’).”

Emmanuel comes from two words: “el” meaning God and “im”, meaning with. Looking at the entry for “im” in Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, we see that “with” is itself rich in meaning. It’s sometimes used to connote fellowship and companionship, aid, and even the idea of fighting a war with (on the same side as) someone.

We serve a God who is not only Lord and Master (Adonai – Day Four of this study), not only El Elyon, the Most High God (Day Two), not only Qanna, a jealoud God (Day Thirteen), but also a God who has revealed Himself through His Son, Jesus-a God who wants to be in companionship and fellowship with us.

In Isaiah 9: 6, we read the well-known passage about the names of Jesus: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

How amazing that this mighty God, this everlasting Father, this Prince of Peace is also Emmanuel, God with us.

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