Shining a light on the weekly Bible Lessons published in the Christian Science Quarterly®

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O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee? . . . The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.

Psalm 89 envisions a divine assembly in which God’s supremacy is honored (see v. 7). “His rule over the world,” a scholar remarks, “is no despotic tyranny but firmly based upon His attributes of moral goodness, reliability and loving care.”

“Lord of hosts” is the most frequently used title for God in the Hebrew Bible, appearing nearly three hundred times. Hosts (Hebrew, sābā’) generally means armies, either in heaven or on earth. David makes this connection when he tells Goliath, “I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel” (I Samuel 17:45).

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Resources cited in this issue

GT: Bruce, F.F. Zondervan Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008.

RR: Radmacher, Earl D., Ronald Barclay Allen, and H. Wayne House. The NKJV Study Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007.

Cit. 7: Edwards, James R. New International Biblical Commentary—Romans. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1992.

Cit. 15: Richardson, Alan. A Theological Word Book of the Bible. London: SCM Press, 1977.

Cit. 18: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 7, The Gospels and Narrative Literature, Jesus and the Gospels, Matthew, Mark. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 23: The Message, copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used by permission of NavPress, represented by Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

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