Dominion Of Canada

In 1867 the new nation of Canada, rather than being called a kingdom, got the weird name of Dominion of Canada. Nobody knew exactly what a dominion was since there had never been one before.

The Fathers of Confederation picked their name from Psalm 72. In the old RSV or KJV Bibles it says “May he have dominion from sea to sea…”

  1. Read Psalm 72. Which king do you think that the psalm is talking about? Provide evidence to support your view.
  2. Zechariah 9: 10 also makes reference to a king who shall have “dominion from sea to sea.” Read Zechariah 9. Which king do you think is being talked about here? Provide evidence to support your view.
  3. Zechariah 9: 9 also refers to this king coming humbly riding on an ass, “on a colt the foal of an ass.” That quote ought to sound familiar to you. Who is being referred to there?
  4. Where else in the Bible do you read about someone riding on a colt, the foal of an ass? Provide at least one text. If you can't think of one, do some searching at Bible Gateway.
  5. Psalm 72 also mentions the phrase from sea to sea. Canada’s national motto a mari usque ad mare is the Latin translation of this. Zechariah 9:10 also talks about a king who rules form sea to sea. Considering who the king was in both Psalm 72 and Zechariah 9, why do you think the Fathers of Confederation chose this motto?


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