My Lent Words 8: Lord who is King

In the introductory pages to a Bible, almost without exception, the translators explain their thinking behind their use of the words Lord or LORD in the text. Where the lower case Lord is used it translates the Hebrew word adonnai. It emphasises God’s sovereignty.

‘In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.’ (Isaiah 6:1)

So, in the year the King died, Isaiah saw a king sitting on a throne. When the seraphs’ voices are heard they identify the King as Yahweh by name.

‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord,
I lift up my soul. You are forgiving and good, O Lord,
abounding in love to all who call to you.’ (Psalm 86:3-5)

When I approach God I am approaching my sovereign who is Lord of all the universe.

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