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. They are not written to teach you the language of Abraham, Moses, and Isaiah, but to give you a taste of their insights, to expose you to their eloquence, to laugh with them at their winking wordplays, to un-English their idioms, and—most importantly—to trace their trajectories all the way into the preaching of the Messiah and the writings of his evangelists and apostles.
Chad Bird is a Scholar in Residence at 1517. He holds master’s degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College. He has served as a pastor, professor, and guest lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew. Chad has authored several books, speaks regularly at conferences and congregations, and cohosts the popular podcast, “40 Minutes in the Old Testament.” Chad and his wife Stacy make their home in Texas, where they have been blessed with four children and three grandchildren.
Chad Bird’s Unveiling Mercy: 365 Daily Devotions based on insights from Old Testament Hebrew is an exemplary, monumental, and historic work or art. There are so many “Christian” devotional books on the market that focus on good works (salvation earning kind) and also focus on empowering the “Christian” to please God with their life. Not Chad Bird. His focus in Unveiling Mercy is seen through the cross atop Calvary where Jesus was crucified to atone for the sins of the world; the Resurrection where Jesus opened heaven to all who believe in Him, and the Ascension where Jesus now lives eternal at His Father’s right hand. Bird gives Jesus to the Christian reader. Jesus is the comfort one needs when distressed in the soul. Jesus is the only answer to sin when the Christian is troubled. This is the kind of devotional book that meets the needs of EVERY CHRISTIAN. More importantly, Unveiling Mercy is the ONLY devotional book the Christian will ever need again. Why? Unveiling Mercy is the greatest devotional book that answers the Greeks statement to Philip in John 12:21 when they said, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” (John 12:21) Bird delivers 365 straight days of seeing Jesus on every page! Bird delivers Unveiling Mercy with God’s greatest eternal gift: His only begotten Son, Jesus, the Christ.
Rev. John F. Wurst, Emeritus