This is going to sound extremely nerdy,
but I chose a Hebrew word for 2022.
The word is “hesed”.
I did this because I’m setting out to spend a year
on each fruit of the Spirit in my personal study time.
But the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Yep, that’s nine years.
I like to plan ahead.
(Kinda glad self-control is at the end.)
The first fruit for year number one is love; but that seemed too general, too obvious, too broad. One of the ways our word “love” is translated in Old Testament Hebrew is the word “hesed”. Don’t be fooled by its simple appearance. It is long, deep, high and wide. Author Michael Card decided to take a year to write a book on this single word. It took him ten.
Hesed is possibly the most unique word ever uttered. That may sound like an exaggeration, but consider the following: this one Hebrew word is translated into English in over 100 different ways, making it practically untranslatable. There is lots of room to crawl inside and rattle around in this two syllable treasure for a year.
Back in 1535, when Myles Coverdale was working on an English translation of the Bible, he invented a new word to try to capture what “hesed” meant. Lovingkindness. But that doesn’t even come close to covering the depth of this word. Don’t take my word for it. Here is the list* of ways we come across it in our Bibles, compiled by a man who spent 10 years studying one word.
That should give us enough to chew on for a while.
* “Inexpressible: Hesed and the Mystery of God’s Lovingkindness”, by Michael Card
Have you picked out a word for the year? Please share!
Funny Dinah. I am doing a home school art project on Friday on the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. We will talk briefly about the Fruit & draw a still life bowl of fruit-I will have nine different fruits in my bowl for my children. They will outline their drawing w/glue. And next week color it in w/chalk. Of course, I cannot get as detailed, but one thing is-the Fruit describes who the LORD is. Love it! God bless your exploring. I will enjoy reading ALL that you come up with!
That sounds fun! I wish I could draw — I’ll leave the artwork to you and I’ll just study the fruits!
I am excited to learn more about that amazing word, “hesed”! (I’ve already ordered Michael Card’s book) My word for this year is “walk.” (walked, walking) It appears in Scripture 413 times so I know God has plenty to say about it. Whether walking in joy or sorrow I will keep walking because I know we never walk alone.
Honored to walk with you, my friend!
My word this year is Compassion. As i was looking over my goals for this year, I noticed that most of them were others centered; donate more of my possessions, more of my time, write more letters, call when I am thinking of someone, make intentional time for others, look for ways to serve others in need. And so the word that came to mind is Compassion.
Sounds like the Paige I know and love. 😊 Great word!
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