Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 15:1-21; St. Mark 5:21-43

Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your covenant faithfulness, for they are from of old. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles!” (Psalm 25:6 from the Introit for Lent 2)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Hesed is a little Hebrew word that means, “covenant faithfulness.” It’s translated most times as “goodness” or “kindness,” but it’s all about God keeping His promises.

A covenant is a promise. When God says that He’s going to do something, He’s going to do it. He promised Abraham to make him the Father of many nations. He promised the children of Israel that He’d bring them out of Egypt. He promised that He’d raise up a prophet like Moses and a King in the line of David. He promised to save His people from their sins.

We renege on our promises. We make fine print and give ourselves loopholes. If necessary, we declare bankruptcy on our promises. We expect others to keep their words, yet we bend ours. When it comes to God, we must admit that we are one of our greatest enemies!

Hesed. God’s faithfulness saves us–even us. We don’t deserve to be saved and we don’t deserve eternal life, but He made a promise. He promised to redeem Israel. He keeps and delivers that promise to us.

The very Law that God demands, Christ keeps. He keeps it fully and completely. He is faithful for us. Jesus takes upon Himself all our evil. He dies, counted amongst the sinners–counted with us. His sacrifice on the Cross makes us holy before God. Glory to God!

That’s hesed! Jesus is faithful to His promises. He keeps the Law and counts it as our keeping the Law. He dies for our not keeping of the Law. He does it all. He is faithful to His promises and we are redeemed from all our troubles.

God has shown Himself to be gracious. He is just and the justifier of those who have faith in Jesus Christ. He is our savior. He must be. Otherwise, we are lost. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Remember, O Lord, your mercy. Remember your hesed for they are old. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles!” (Psalm 25:6 from the Introit for Lent 2)


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