In the eighth chapter of Isaiah, the prophet wrote about a coming Assyrian invasion. However, after making some pretty dire predictions, he offered hope in chapter nine, particularly in this familiar verse:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Mighty God comes from the Hebrew El Gibbor. El is a term meaning God, and it also signifies strength. Gibbor means strong or mighty. While hope was given to the Jews for deliverance from their oppressors, this verse also foreshadowed the coming Messiah who would offer a spiritual deliverance.
Names were given for this child of prophecy, but not names by which He would be called. Gabriel told Mary in the first chapter of Luke that her Son would be called Jesus. The names in Isaiah’s prophecy reflected His nature as both God and man, His astonishing wisdom and teachings, His strength of character and purpose, His victory over death, and the promise of peace on “among those with whom He is pleased” (Luke 2:14).
Other names of God that begin with M are:
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! Psalm 95:6
Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:1
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3