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And The Government Will Be Upon His Shoulder

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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.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end.
Isaiah 9:6-7a

Most English translations say “and the government shall be on his shoulder.”  In our modern culture when we say the word “government,” the image that comes to mind is the temporary nature of it. Governments rise and fall. If we don’t like who is in office now, we wait a few years and vote in someone else. Many have become cynical and don’t believe government can really do anything.

The use of the word “government” waters down the intensity of what the Scripture is saying. To our modern mindset it is better translated “and dominion shall be upon his shoulder.” Now what is coming to your mind when you hear dominion? A sense of royalty, rule, supremacy, never-changing authority and power, ability to accomplish whatever is needed or desired, full and complete control.

Full dominion is on the shoulders of Jesus. What beautiful shoulders they are.

Shoulders that lend His strength to the weak and sick.

Shoulders that bear burdens.

Shoulders that picked up a cross and carried it on our behalf.

Shoulders that lean forward to pick up a fallen one.

Strong shoulders that we can hide behind as He defeats our enemies.

Shoulders to lay our head on when our heart aches.

Shoulders that embrace us tenderly with love that never lets go.

Shoulders that shake with laughter as we delight Him.

Isaiah 9:7 says that of His dominion there will be no end. He is more than enough. He has abundant dominion for your every need. For whatever may be happening in your life right now, King Jesus has really big shoulders. Lean into Him.

“Lord Jesus, master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!” (Henri J. M. Nouwen)

Be blessed to know that you can entrust yourself completely to the King who was foretold so long ago who came to earth to reign in your heart.

King of kings and Lord of lords.
Forever and ever and ever.


© Elizabeth Gunter  2013 Elizabeth Gunter is the co-author of Ruach Journey, Blessings For Life, and Safe In The Father’s Heart. Visit www.thefathersbusiness.com to see these and other titles.
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