Greatly is Yahweh to be Praised!

“A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Qorah.  Great is Yahweh and very much to be praised —  In the city of our God and on his Holy Mountain.” (Psalm 48:1-2 [verse 1 in English]) The greatness of the city of God is not found in the construction of human hands; it is not… Read More

Enemies shall Perish!

“For behold your enemies, Yahweh! For behold your enemies shall perish! All those who do iniquity shall be scattered! (Psalm 92:10 [verse 9 in English])   Indeed, in the end, all of God’s enemies will be tossed into the lake of fire where they will be tormented forever…bringing an end to their torment of God’s… Read More

Yahweh is Lifted Up!

“But you are elevated eternally, Yahweh.” (Psalm 92:9 [verse 8 in English])   God is lifted up! He reigns on high! There is no god like our God, he is the great Yahweh, who sets his throne in the heavens and makes the earth his footstool. Can we not praise him highly enough? Will we… Read More

The Great King is to be Feared

“For Yahweh Elyon is to be feared — Great King over all the earth.” (Psalm 47:3 {verse 2 in English Translations})   As kids we were always told that it wasn’t nice to call people names — at least bad names… Yet, there is a practice of scripture of attributing names of honor to God.… Read More

Camels, Water, and Revival

“And he caused the camels to kneel outside of the city near the well of water; the time was evening, the time when those come out who are drawing water. And he said, ‘Yahweh, the God of my lord Abraham, please ordain success for me in my presence this day and demonstrate covenant faithfulness to… Read More

The Continual Blessing of God

“And it came to pass that Abraham was old, toward the end of his days, and Yahweh had continually blessed Abraham in everything.” (Genesis 24:1)   What a wonderful way in which for a life to be marked: “And Yahweh had blessed Abraham in all things…” How often we feel as if God has withheld… 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

Liberation!: Isaiah 61:1f

“and to the ones imprisoned—liberation!” (Isaiah 61:1f)               This final clause in Isaiah 61:1 naturally follows the previous statement.  With the coming of the Messiah, the chains of bondage to sin are released, they are broken, and the prison cells of death have been opened wide.  Indeed, our Lord proclaimed just that message: “Truly,… Read More

Release to the Captives: Isaiah 61:1e

“To preach release to the captives…” Isaiah 61:1e               In the context of Isaiah’s ministry, this statement would have had a very specific promise, recognizing that at this point in history, the northern Kingdom of Israel has fallen and the people had been taken and scattered throughout the Assyrian Empire.  In addition, the southern… Read More

The Shattered Heart: Isaiah 61:1d

“He has sent me to bind the heart which has been shattered…” Isaiah 61:1d               When I read this part of the verse, my mind cannot help but to think back to the promise that was made by God earlier in Isaiah 35:4: “Say to those whose hearts are hasty; be strong and you… Read More

Good Tidings: Isaiah 61:1c

“to herald good tidings to the meek” Isaiah 61:1c               These words should immediately bring to mind the language of the angels in proclaiming the good news before the shepherds (Luke 2:10).  Indeed it was the role of the angels to proclaim the birth of the one who would bring such good news and… Read More

Because Yahweh has Anointed Me: Isaiah 61:1b

“Because Yahweh has anointed me…” Isaiah 61:1b   Oh, what an amazing statement this is in itself, that this Messiah is not one anointed by man, but by the covenantal God, Yahweh, himself!  How much more significant this becomes when you realize that this construction is only ever used three times in the Old Testament. … Read More

The Spirit of the Lord Most High: Isaiah 61:1a

This passage is one that is very familiar to us because of Jesus’ use of it during his first sermon back in his hometown of Nazareth.  Notice the unambiguous nature of this statement—“the Spirit of the Lord Most High, Yahweh, is upon me.   To begin with, when x;Wr (ruach), which can mean “spirit” or “wind”,… Read More