When peace finally came upon the reign of David, the first thing David wanted to do was to build a fitting house for God. How magnificent was the temple in David’s mind! How appropriate would it be for David, who defeated many enemies of God’s people, to build a temple to glorify His name! So intuitively good was the idea, that prophet Nathan didn’t even bother to ask for God’s approval. But God had a different view. God told David, “You shall not build a house for my name”.
“As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him.” (Psalms 103:13)
The third title for the coming Christ given to the prophet Isaiah is Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus is the Everlasting Father. He has compassion for us as a father has compassion for his children. He listens with compassion to all our pain, fears, complaints, and prayers. Under His care, His protection, and His provision, we are safe and will be gratified for eternity.
“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.” (Isa 9:6)
The prophet Isaiah called the coming Christ “the Wonderful Counselor.” All people have pain and struggles. Jesus understands the human soul. He knows what we are going through. We can come to His throne boldly to obtain mercy and to find grace to help in time of need. We can trust Him to listen to our problems and guide us in the right direction. Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor. He brings consolation through the power and love in His own life but also today through the Holy Spirit, who is called the Counselor in John 14:26.
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation. (Eph 2:14)
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He is our peace. He made peace by the blood of His cross and reconciled men and God. He broke down barriers between men. He is a great peacemaker.
Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. (Matthew 6:1-2)
It might seem incredible that people in Jesus’ ministry were practicing charitable deeds who were motivated to do so because they wanted to be acknowledged by others. But it might not seem all that incredible when we think about how the motives behind this is the human nature, pride.