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SIH TOTT ICONand the government shall be upon his shoulder:


And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”   (Luke 2:10-11)

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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.   (Isaiah 9:6)

Since this time of year has been set aside by the world to remember the birth of Jesus, I thought it would be good for us to take some time to consider Jesus, His person and His workings on our behalf.  For the next few brief devotions we will take a look at Isaiah 9:6 and see what we can learn about Jesus.  By God’s grace, this time in the Word will be a daily reminder for us to keep Jesus in the center of our holiday season.

For our devotion this morning, we will be looking at Isaiah 9:6 –and the government shall be upon his shoulder”


and the government shall be upon his shoulder

In this section of Scripture, we can see a very important truth about our Lord and Savior…

and the government shall be upon his shoulder” – Upon Jesus would be laid the responsibility to rule.  His rule would extend to two areas…
1.  He would rule Sovereignly over all of God’s creation
2.  He would rule in the hearts of His people

This phrase helps us to understand that:

God the Father delivered to Christ the authority to rule based upon obedience of Christ…

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;  And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (Philippians 2:8-11)

Because of this the Lord rules over all creation…

For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)  But to us [there is but] one God, the Father, of whom [are] all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom [are] all things, and we by him.”  (1 Corinthians 8:5-6)

And He also rules over His people and they submit, willfully, to His commands…

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”  (2 Peter 1:10-11)


In the phrase and the government shall be upon his shoulder  we find that our Lord Jesus is Ruler over all. As we prepare our hearts for the coming holiday, let us all remember to praise and honor Christ as the Sovereign Ruler over all. He is the One that cannot be overcome by Satan nor the powers of darkness in this world around us.  But most importantly, lets be sure that we are willfully in submission to His will for our lives, knowing that He is not only our Savior but He is also our Lord… God blessed forever!

Whose [are] the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ [came], who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.”  (Romans 9:5)

We will return to our daily devotionals from Proverbs on December 26th.

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  1. SLIMJIM says:

    For a long time I use to read Isaiah 9:6 as “governments” (plural) on “His shoulder” until someone pointed out to me that it was singular. I can’t help to read this and think about Psalm 2 of the nations raging against Him but one day Christ will have uncontested rule in eternity

  2. Well written. I agree with your conclusions here. God is Ruler over all things, and has commanded us to respect our government officials authority on earth, as long as, they are not corrupt and usurp His authority.

    This is the gist of the problem…corruption is rampant in our government, and they have guided us away from God’s laws, and continue to do even more so each day!

    Nevertheless, there will be a day of reckoning for everyone. God will issue justice in His time. For now, we do our best to obey the laws which govern us.

    Jefferson Paul

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