ISAIAH 11:2  

  ISAIAH 11:2

There are 7 factors mentioned here that describe the Holy Spirit with emphasis on His ministry to the humanity of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, during His earthly ministry.  These 7 factors are probably what are referred to by the symbol of "the seven Spirits of God" which occurs at Revelation 1:4; 3:1; 4:5; and 5:6.

WILL REST ON HIM: The focus is on how the Spirit ministers to the soul through knowledge and the reflection of divine integrity in the life of Christ - and by application, in the life of the believer.
The fulfillment of this prophecy of Christ occurs at Mat. 3:16 with John 1:32-34
A second prophecy of this sustaining of the Spirit for Christ is Isaiah 42:1, "Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him."
And a third, at Isaiah 61:1. Jesus quotes this as fulfilled by Him at Luke 4:14-21.
See Topic: CHRIST:  Sustaining by the Spirit

A. The Spirit of Yahweh: This identifies the Divine personality of the Holy Spirit as the title has indicated in its earlier uses throughout the Old Testament.
See Topic: THE HOLY SPIRIT:  His person and character

B. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding.
    1. Wisdom: this is the word, chokmAh. This is the APPLICATION of knowledge and understanding in making decisions about any and every situation in life. Expression of wisdom makes the believer an efficient representative of God while here on earth.
Understanding comes from knowledge. And wisdom comes from understanding. Prov. 2:6,
"For Yahweh gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding."
(tebhunAh here, for "understanding" is a synonym for biynAh).
    2. Understanding: This is the word, biynAh. This refers to comprehension of truth that goes beyond the simple academic knowledge of facts. At Ephesians 3:18-19, the goal of spiritual growth is to "comprehend . . . what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge." UNDERSTANDING is a functional knowledge of what the plan of God is all about; the real issues between light and darkness that comes FROM knowledge (facts; points of truth). Understanding is the basis for having WISDOM.

C. The Spirit of counsel and strength.
    1. Counsel: This is the word, ātsAh. It refers to advice or guiding wisdom.
        a. The provision from wisdom: Proverbs 8:14 compared with verses 1:25, 30.
        b. Psalm 73:21-24
        c. The nature of Divine counsel - Isaiah 28:29
        d. Counsel refers to the DIVINE VIEWPOINT concerning everything in life.
        e. Compare with human viewpoint: Proverbs 19:21 and Job 38:2
        f. Counsel is the divine viewpoint advice that comes from understanding and wisdom.

    2. Strength: This is the word, gebhurAh. It refers to INNER strength of character.
        It indicates nobility of character and integrity. This is what is produced in the soul of the believer
        through success in spiritual growth. This is the presence of beneficent love that INFLUENCES
        the soul for the application of divine truth in opposition to the influence of the sin nature.

D. The Spirit of knowledge and the fear of Yahweh.
    1. Knowledge: This is the word, daath. This refers to the factual details of God's character and
        plan. These truths are learned from the Bible only. Knowledge must be volitionally accepted
        and believed,  in order for the truths of knowledge to produce UNDERSTANDING and
       WISDOM and eventually CHARACTER STRENGTH.
    2. Fear of Yahweh: This refers to the attitude of humility that recognizes that the authority,
        viewpoint and policy of God has total jurisdiction of the universe and my life. Basic humility
        toward God (The fear of the Lord) is the basis for seeking and accepting the knowledge of
        God (Prov. 1:7).
        "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge," (daath).
        Continued humility toward God is then the basis for APPLICATION of knowledge in order to
        express understanding and wisdom for the avoidance of sin (Prov. 16:6; Ps. 119:11).
     See Topic:  THE FEAR OF THE LORD


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