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Unveiling Mercy will do just that-unveil how the mercy of God in the Messiah is spoken of from the very opening Hebrew word of the Bible, all the way to the closing chapter of Malachi. 

By the end of the year, you will have entered the Old Testament through 365 new doorways, looked with fresh eyes at old verses, and traced a web of connections all over the Scriptures that you've never spotted before. 

You'll begin to see what one person meant when he described Hebrew words as "hyphens between heaven and earth."

Reading the Bible in translation can be like "kissing the bride through the veil." Each of these 365 devotions is crafted so as to lift that veil ever so slightly, to touch skin to skin, as it were, with the original language. You do not need to know anything about Hebrew to profit from these meditations. 

Chad Bird is a Scholar in Residence at 1517. He has served as a pastor, professor, and guest lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew. He holds master's degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College. He has contributed articles to Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Modern Reformation, The Federalist, Lutheran Forum, and other journals and websites. 

He is also the author of several books, including Night Driving: Notes from a Prodigal Soul, Your God Is Too Glorious: Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places, and Upside-Down Spirituality: The 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life. He cohosts two popular podcasts: "40 Minutes in the OT" and "Hidden Streams." Chad and his wife Stacy have four children and three grandchildren. They enjoy life together in the Texas Hill Country.






As on day seven of creation, God shabbat (“rested”) from all his creative work (Genesis 2:2), so the Messiah, having completed his saving re-creation of the world on the cross, rested in his Sabbath tomb and stepped forth alive again that we may shabbat forever in his grace.

Hagar named the Lord El Roi, “a God of seeing” (Genesis 16:13). The word Roi is from the Hebrew verb ra’ah, to see. She who felt unseen was truly seen by God. He looked after her. He sees us, too, with eyes of compassion and mercy. He is not blind to our suffering, for we are the “apple of his eye” (Deut. 32:10).

The Hebrew verb “believe” is aman, the same root from which get Amen. To aman is to say Amen. It is the quintessential word of faith by which we confess that we believe in Christ, who is “the Amen, the faithful and true witness” (Revelation 3:14). Our Amen is Jesus.


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