Archive for June, 2008

From Psalm 119

June 25, 2008

NUN.

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. 106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.  107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word.  108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments.  109 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.  110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.  111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.  112 I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes always, even unto the end.

G-d Is Good

June 4, 2008

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know what plans I have in mind for you,’ says ADONAI,’plans for well-being, not for bad things; so that you can have hope and a future. 12 When you call to me and pray to me, I will listen to you. 13 When you seek me, you will find me, provided you seek for me wholeheartedly; 14 and I will let you find me,’ says ADONAI.

A People Set Apart Unto God

June 2, 2008

Herein lies the uniqueness of the Israelites faith. Their understanding of God and his relation to their lives and to history as a whole gave meaning to sustain them amidst an often hostile environment. The significance of this fact has been accurately summed up in these words: “The Hebrews were located geographically in the ancient Middle East, and during most of their long history were under the sovereignty of powers greater than themselves. Yet, remarkably, they were the only one of those peoples to succeed in maintaining themselves through the centuries as a culture. It was primary their unique religion which sustained them, making them capable of withstanding those forces of absorption and disintegration which would have removed them as a people from the stage of history.”

Marvin R. Wilson, Our Father Abraham – Jewish Roots of The Christian Faith (Wm. B. Eerdmans 1989), p. 12