What is Hesed?

Hesed is an old Hebrew word, without a literal English translation. Jesus used “hesed” repeatedly in the New Testament, and the word is found some 250 times in the Old Testament. Most often translated as “mercy” or “love,” Hesed is more accurately translated as the covenants of righteous actions between God and man, and between men on earth.

The Hesed of God is His steadfast loving kindness to mankind, to which He has unilaterally bound himself. The ultimate expression of the Hesed of God is the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ.

The Hesed of man is our inherited right and obligation to reciprocally bind ourselves to our God, and as His children, to sacrificially manifest God’s loving kindness to all mankind.