The Inheritance of God

“He chose our inheritance for us — the splendor of Jacob, whom he loves! Selah!” (Psalm 47:4 {verse 5 in English Translations})   In the immediate sense, the psalmist is clearly thinking about how God is the one who not only brought the people into Canaan, casting out the Canaanites, but also that it is… Read More

Shema! (Mark 12:29)

“Jesus answered, ‘The first is: ‘Hear, O’ Israel, the Lord, your God, the Lord is one!’’” (Mark 12:29)   To answer this question, Jesus quotes what is known in Hebrew as the “Shema” (Deuteronomy 6:4).  The Shema is easily the single-most important text in the Hebrew Bible; it defines the Hebrews as a people and… Read More