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Lovingkindness – Hebrew: Chesed

‘Compassion’ is found 61 times in the Hebrew Scriptures and ‘mercy’ is found 52 times. ‘Compassion’ means ‘concern’ for the sufferings and struggles of others.’ ‘Mercy’ means ‘to forgive’ when it’s in your power to harm.’

חסד

Chesed in Hebrew means ‘loving-kindness, mercy and compassion.

“For Adonai will have compassion on Ya‘akov — he will once again choose Isra’el and resettle them in their own land, where foreigners will join them, attaching themselves to the house of Ya‘akov” (Isaiah 14:1).

“I will betroth you to me forever; yes, I will betroth you to me in righteousness, in justice, in grace and in compassion” (Hosea 2:21).

“Has God forgotten to be compassionate? Has he in anger withheld his mercy?” (Selah)” (Psalm 77:10).

“Here, your servant has already found favor in your sight, and you have shown me even greater mercy by saving my life. But I can’t escape to the hills, because I’m afraid the disaster will overtake me, and I will die” (Genesis 19:19).

Hebrew Word Pictures

ח Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.’

ס Samech – A Prop means ‘support.’

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for chesed: protect and support the pathway.

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Covenant – Hebrew: B’rit

Breet or b’rit in Hebrew means “covenant, league, confederacy”

ברית

Used with the most common verb, karat כרת meaning ‘to cut

“But I will establish (cut)  my covenant with you (Noah)” (Genesis 6:18, Complete Jewish Bible).

“But with you (Noah) will I establish (cut) covenant (b’rit)” (Genesis 6:18, New International Bible).

“That day ADONAI made (cut) a covenant with Avram …” (Genesis 15:18, CJB).

“The Lord made (cut)  a covenant (b’rit) with Abram” (Genesis 15:18, NIV).

Hebrew Word Pictures

ב Bet – ‘A House’ means ‘a house’ or ‘family.’

ר Resh – ‘A Head’ means ‘authority’ or ‘leader.’

י Yod – ‘A Closed Hand’ means ‘a finished work.’

ת Tav – ‘Crossed Sticks’ means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant’.

The Hebrew Word Picture for b’rit – house authority finished work of the covenant sign

There are many different covenants in Scripture.   There was a covenant with Noah regarding the destruction of the earth and mankind, a covenant with  Abraham and the promise of Land and descendants, a covenant with Isra’el as a nation, a covenant with Aaron and an eternal priesthood (Exodus 28), and a covenant with King David for an eternal kingship (2 Samuel 7:11-16, Psalm 89:3-4, 29, 34-36).  None of these covenants were replaced by new ones.

There was no specific covenant made with Moses called the Mosaic covenant. Moses was only an intercessor between God and Isra’el; a type and shadow of Messiah Yeshua.  Unlike Abraham, Aaron, and David, who received a personal covenant promise with God, the covenant with Isra’el was made through Moses, not with Moses.  It applied to him in as much as it applied to all the people of Isra’el.

Covenants are expressions of loving relationship and promises that two parties make with one another.

“Y’honatan made a covenant with David because he loved him as he did himself.  Y’honatan removed the cloak he was wearing and gave it to David, his armor too, including his sword, bow and belt” (1 Samuel 18:3, CJB).

Covenants are eternal, never changing.  They can be ‘re-newed’  as in the case of the covenant with Isra’el because Isra’el had broken covenant.   God said that he would ‘renew’ the covenant (Jeremiah 31).    The ‘renewal’ of the covenant would not be a ‘removal’ of a covenant, but the ‘renewal’ would result in a change of heart so God’s ‘word, statutes, and precepts’ would be written on the hearts of the people (Ezekiel 36).

The ‘new covenant’ in Hebrew is b’rit chadashah.  This can be literally interpreted as the ‘new cutting’.  When a Jewish boy is circumcised, it is called a ‘brit’.  So, the ‘renewed covenant’ can also be called the ‘renewed circumcision’ which is what the prophets foretold and Paul spoke about in Romans 2.

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Kindness and the Daisy

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with feelings of compassion and with kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; if anyone has a complaint against someone else, forgive him. Indeed, just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must forgive” (Colossians 3:11-13).

Wildflower

I am pondering the word kindness.  The truth is that I am not always kind to people.  Because of my own selfish desires, I fall short of bringing glory to God.  And for me, bringing glory to God is the bottom line to my life – to testify to the world of God’s kindness.  Falling short with unkindness always makes me feel sad because I don’t want to be a weed in a sea of grass, but a daisy.

Kindness is defined as an act of being kind; marked by good and charitable behavior, pleasant disposition, and concern for others.  It is considered a virtue.

I don’t read the Talmud or even know what these oral, now written writings hold, but in doing just a little research on kindness, I found the Talmud claims that ‘deeds of kindness are equal in weight to all the commandments.’  How can a person say,  ‘I follow Torah’ or ‘I love God’s commandments’  if the ‘law of kindness’ doesn’t flow from their lips (Proverbs 31:26)?

As a follower of Yeshua, I am commanded to uphold the Spirit of the ‘law‘ because I am a new creation.  The ‘old letter of the law’ kills because it has to do with my hard, selfish, sinful  heart.  It not only kills me, but everyone else to whom I am unkind. You know the cliché ‘kill them with kindness;’ it would be better than killing them with unkindness!  

Kindness is one of the fruits of the Spirit.  I had a Bible teacher say that the first three fruits: love, joy, peace are our relationship with the Father.  The last three fruits: faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are our relationship with ourselves.  Patience, kindness, and goodness, the middle three fruits, should exemplify our relationship with others. It is by our ‘fruit’ that people know that we serve God. According to Galatians, there is ‘no law’ against being kind (Galatians 5:22-23).

Kindness isn’t just being nice.  Anyone can be nice to please, flatter or manipulate another person. Kindness rooted in the  Hebrew word chesed  which means ‘loving kindness.‘   God’s ‘loving kindness’ brought  salvation to the world through Yeshua  (John 3:16). His ‘loving kindness’ covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).   ‘Loving kindness’ should come from a genuine desire of caring for another person no matter what or how we feel. ‘Loving kindness’ should come from a peaceful and joyful relationship with our Father, a faithful, gentle and self-controlled relationship with ourselves that freely flows to other people whether the situation in our life is pleasant or full of strife.

The ‘loving kindness’ of God will bring healing to the wounds from a friend or a broken relationship. The ‘loving kindness’ of God will bring life to a dying heart or suffering soul.  ‘Loving kindness’ will resolves issue of sin or misunderstanding.   ‘Loving kindness’ on our tongues is a testimony to His ‘loving kindness.’

‘Loving kindness’ is proof that God’s Spirit is living me. ‘Loving kindness’ is the evidence that as His child, I understand, accept, and exemplify His ‘loving kindness’ to others (Acts 20:32).  ‘Loving kindness’ is that beautiful daisy that stands out in a sea of grass.

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