The Hebrew word chesed is most often understood and translated to mean “mercy.”  But chesed does not carry this meaning in biblical Hebrew.  Any respectable scholar of the Hebrew language will tell you the word’s true meaning. Academic respectability put aside, ancient paleographic or pictographic Hebrew accurately defines chesed for us: fidelity, faithfulness, and covenant loyalty.

Within the context of Yeshua’s dialogue with the Pharisees and Sadducees, Yeshua quotes Hosea 6:6,

I desire fidelity, faithfulness, and covenant loyalty and not sacrifice.”

However, the religious separatists condemned Yeshua’s disciples for unlawful violations of the Sabbath. Functionally, they were embracing a double standard in covenant disloyalty. Yeshua was not at all bashful about saying so.

Join us for this final episode in Matthew 12:1-8. The story of Yeshua’s disciples plucking heads of grain from a grainfield on the Sabbath and the Pharisees accusing them of lawlessness. It was not Yeshua’s disciples who sported disloyalty. In the eyes of Yeshua, covenant disloyalty was at and in the heart of the Pharisee and the Sadducee.

Real Israel Talk Radio Episode 111 and Part 15.