Word of the Day: Checed 

Meaning: Covenant Faithfulness

Hebrew: חֵסֵד

Pronounced: kheh-sed (It’s worth noting here: this “h” sound is a guttural, which we don’t use in English. It sounds a bit like clearing your throat, but you want to pronounce this “Hhhessed.”)

Copy the word at the top of your page. Say it aloud three times.

Have you heard this word before? If so, what do you know about it?

Look up the following references where this word is used. What do you learn about the word Checed? 

Micah 7:20

Deuteronomy 7:9-12

Nehemiah 1:5

Daniel 9:4

Psalm 89:29, 34

Isaiah 54:10

Where are we in the meta-narrative of Scripture (or, the story of Redemption)? 

God is a covenant (Berith) keeping God. Even though His people have broken His law (Torah), He remains faithful to them by His goodness and power. The entire Scriptures resound with this glorious truth: when we fail to keep our promises, God keeps His promises. When we failed to keep the Torah, Christ kept it on our behalf. God is faithful even – and especially – when we are not. 

Why is understanding God’s covenant faithfulness so important in the meta narrative of Scripture? 

How does this move the story forward?

Pray & Reflect: Praise God for keeping His covenants! When He could have walked away or left us on our own, He didn’t. Thank Him for being a faithful, Chesed God. Ask Him to make you more like Himself. 

Author: amygannett

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