Wonderful Counselor – Advent Word Study



December 15, 2022

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.

Isaiah 9:6 CSB

Wonderful Counselor -פֶּ֫לֶא pěʹ·lě(ʾ)  יוֹעֵץ yô·ʿēṣ 

Wonderful Counselor. Mighty God. Eternal Father. Prince of Peace.

Jesus embodies each of these names and more. As we examine the Hebrew language, it adds richness to the meaning of Wonderful Counselor. Today, we’re going to do a deeper dive into the name, Wonderful Counselor.

Let’s break down Wonderful (פֶּ֫לֶא pěʹ·lě(ʾ)) and Counselor (יוֹעֵץ yô·ʿēṣ).

pěʹ·lě(ʾ) – miracle; something unusual; wonderful; astonishing

yô·ʿēṣ  – counselor, advisor

Something unusual. Unexpected. Astonishing. When we reflect on Jesus Christ’s teachings, we know that they were not usual. They were counterculture. They upset the world as they (and we) knew it. But we know that the kingdom of heaven operates in miraculous ways. And we should expect the advice/instructions to be different too.

Knowing what you know about wonderful, take a look at Psalm 77:13-15.

God, your way is holy. What god is great like God?
You are the God who works wonders; you revealed your strength among the peoples.
With power you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph

Psalm 77:13-15 CSB


How does your understanding of wonderful change how you interpret this verse?

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Sabrian Enoch
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