"to whom?"

I have used this idea before, but I was reading the other day in Isaiah 9: and the thrust of it has come back to me. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.”  So I have to ask “to whom?”  It seems like it ought to be obvious, but when I thought about it, it wasn’t.  If you are familiar with this section of Isaiah you know that in chapter 7 Isaiah was promised a son (surely a type of Christ) who would be given to Ahaz as a sign.  Was the son in 9:6 promised to Isaiah?  Surely not.  This child would be Mighty God.  Maybe the child would be given to the Israel or Judah?  That’s possible.  But what about you and me?  It also seems out of context with verse 1.  To the whole world?  I think so.  Now, you know this passage of Scripture points us to the birth of Christ, so I started thinking about that. In Luke 1:26-33 Mary was given a similar prophecy about a child to be born to her.  Is that the answer to the question we posed about Is. 9:6?  Maybe partly, but probably not.  Then, I thought of the angels’ appearance to the shepherds and what they said:  “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Lk 2:11).  There is the answer:  Unto the shepherds a child is born and a son is given.  And not just to them, but to the college students and professors and mothers and fathers and sons and daughters.  And finally, too all of us who sit in darkness and can do nothing but cry out, to us a son is given!  

George W. Carraway, Phd

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