God abounds in mercy, love, kindness, faithfulness, and goodness.
This word in the Hebrew is “Hesed” and showcases the grandeur and greatness of our God’s character and nature.
Rich in meaning, this word (Hesed) is hard to translate yet best understood as “when the person from whom I have a right to expect nothing gives me everything.”
And our God, who abounds in Hesed, whose Hesed endures forever – wants to fill our lives via His Spirit and produce Hesed in and through us.
In this episode, we discuss the Hebrew word Hesed and how God’s goodness, mercy, faithfulness, and lovingkindness endures forever!
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This amazing and powerful Hebrew word (Hesed) occurs nearly 250 times throughout all the major divisions of the Old Testament (Law, Prophets, and Writings), 127 of which are in the Psalms (with 26 of those in Psalm 136 alone).
Though this is a simple Hebrew word, its translation is quite complex. The translation into English is often rendered:
- steadfast love (or faithful love)
- loyalty (or unswervingly loyal)
- gracious covenant (or covenant loyalty)
- loving instruction
- covenant friendship
Though Hesed is translated in a variety of ways throughout the Old Testament, the best definition I’ve found comes from a book by Michael Card, where he translated Hesed as “when the person from whom I have a right to expect nothing gives me everything.”
Exodus 34:6-7 declares: “And the LORD passed before [Moses] and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in Hesed and truth, keeping Hesed for thousands [of generations], forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.’”
Psalm 136 – The Hesed of the LORD endures forever! … also see 1 Chronicles 16:34; 2 Chronicles 5:13; 7:3,6; 20:21; Ezra 3:11
Lamentations 3:21-23 – This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’s Hesed we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness”
- People in Scripture whose names were “Hesed” – see 1 Kings 4:10 and 1 Chronicles 3:20
- Josiah is known for “Hesed” at his death – see 2 Chronicles 35:26
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