Published on December 23rd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
His Name Is Wonderful
Written by Dr. Jed Snyder:
Deuteronomy 17:8; Zechariah 8:6; Matthew 11:28-29
The Hebrew word translated “wonderful” or “wonder” carries the meaning of acts of God designating either cosmic wonders or historical achievements. God’s appearance in the burning bush (Exodus. 3:2ff) talking to Moses is one illustration, the widow’s unending flow of oil in Elisha’s day (2 Kings 4) is another, and the death angel’s destruction of the army of Sennacherib, the Assyrian shows another “wonder”. (Isaiah 37:36-37)
The word also has the connotation of being incomprehensible, beyond human ability to conceive or understand.
If cases come before your courts that are too difficult (wonderful) for you to judge, whether bloodshed, lawsuits or assaults, take them to the place the LORD your God will choose. Deuteronomy 17:8
This is what the LORD Almighty says: “It may seem marvelous (wonderful) to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it seem marvelous to me?” declares the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 8:6
The idea of awesome, wonderful, beyond human understanding and power is seen in many of the Psalms, particularly those of prayers of thanksgiving. See Psalm 78, 105, 106.
Finally in understanding of this name, we should know that the ultimate function of God’s wonder in relationship to mankind is to make mercy available to the recipient or receiver and not just to make a demonstration of power.
Praise be to the LORD, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city. Psalm 31:21
That God would save a sinner is “wonderful.”
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29
Happy living in the wonder of our Lord.