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Psalms 89 – God’s Loyalty To His Children (Hesed)

4 Apr

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Note: This is a condensed revised version of just one aspect of the Hebrew word hesed, perhaps the greatest word in all of the Hebrew Testament.

Psalms 89:1  “I will sing of the mercies (hesed) of the LORD forever: with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations.”

Since my last blog was disturbing… (even to me) I have decided to write something really nice.  The Hebrew word hesed is to me one of the greatest words in all the Old Testament… so much so that for years I have been unable to publish even one iota of my research on this word as it is so important and valuable, even to me.  It is a type of how Jesus treats his church.  The word hesed is so beautiful, that even the demons tremble at the sound of it, as it is God’s covenant between heaven and earth… the whole Bible summed up in one word, it is the most beautiful word in all of Hebrew.  This will just be an introduction to my favorite word in all the Bible as it is so important to me.  Let us begin.

As we can see in the scripture above, the angels sing over God’s creation.  The scripture says, I will sing.  If we can sing and we are made in the image of God, than for sure the angels, who are more beautiful than anything God has ever created on this earth (besides women of course) also have a right to sing when they are pleased with faithful stewards of God’s creation, namely people both men and women.  God gave Adam the right to choose between Good and Evil and he failed… it was eve the woman who had to pick him back up again after such a terrible fall, at least emotionally.  Thus sex began again, this time outside the garden and man was told by God that it was his responsibility to work to provide for his offspring.  Adam failed, Jesus shed his blood and now the story goes on and on about how much we love God.  There is more to the story but for the sake of my readers, I will move on.  (For more on this wonderful story please see note 1.)

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As you can see from the drawing above, the Hebrew word Hesed is a beautiful word.  You can see it branch out in the English language as all of the words in the above diagram.  Can you spot the most important word?  It is the one in purple!  The color of majesty!  God always keeps his covenant with his faithful… that is beyond question!  So basically, you can replace the word Hesed with God’s love!  Hesed is the deepest expression of God’s love and thus is the reason why the Lord asked me to wait to write this one.  I needed to see something in real life to know that God does keep his covenant as I was saved at a very early age.  Some Christians barely get in, others God says no.  You can go to church all your life, be a good person and still miss what matters most – God’s heart.  Thank you to that wonderful pastor in seminary school who sent me his email that thoroughly defined the word.  His website will be listed at the bottom of this post.  I highly recommend you read his work… it is delicious food to feed the hungry.  We have been friends online for years now and he occasionally sends me some of his writings for me to review and expound on.  He is truly a man of God and a man of holy communion and of course, prayer.  Thank you pastor for making my life complete!  He is a true friend.

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Hesed in the reason why I became a true believer of the Jewish Bible.  It is the only word that actually makes the Bible complete; for without God’s love, we would all be lost souls looking for a savior.  Hesed can be seen in about every instance of the Bible for it is God’s mercy for mankind.  God expects us to keep our covenant of love with Him, and in exchange He rewards us with unlimited mercy for our many sins.  I am writing this way because God showed me at some point the very sins you consider minor become a major problem the longer we walk with God.  For example, most Christians in America won’t steal, won’t lie, but they keep money in their fat wallets while hungry people suffer all around the globe.  Not good for those false Christians!  What is communion but a chance to start over again with God’s creation?  God gave Adam the responsibility of taking care of the animals in the garden, watering the garden, etc.  When he broke covenant with God, Satan took over and now look what we have here on earth.  Terrible people do terrible things… you ever wonder why?  Satan may come as an angel of light to some people but to others they call him a father too.  What a terrible decision not to go all the way with God.  The Bible tells us that all men have free choice to serve God, but eventually their time runs out and then Satan, laughing claims them for his own.  Women can be this way too, but generally the men are the masters of their own home and thus pay a higher penalty for what they allow especially on television and in the private home computers, especially in front of other people… never mind God!

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Please allow me, my faithful friends and defenders of all that is holy to continue this at a later time… rest in sweet eternal bliss… my dear friend and fellow lover of truth… Robert Chupick (1930-2015)

Note 1: This is just one interpretation… A far stretch albeit… but worth the read, I’m sure!  I was thinking about the Garden of Eden while I was suffering a few years ago… the results are wonderful and I believe faithful to the scriptures that we have for us to learn about Jesus today.  Adam was so in love with his soul mate that he intentionally ate the fruit… choosing his wife over Yahweh.  Which of course Yahweh already knew about and was already prepared for.  A lamb was already being prepared already to cover his sin… Perhaps Eve desired Adam in the Garden and until this point sex was something that was not yet invented… so to speak… Maybe not, but this is one view.  Was it God’s plan at that particular moment in time to let them see each other naked… but without sex… as the angels covered their every move?  This we do not know for sure.  Once Adam made his decision to eat the fruit which I believe contained the only poison in the garden – (a type of fermented fruit perhaps) he got a little tipsy and wound tying the knot with his beautiful lover and soul mate.  Know where in the Bible is it ever recorded that God married Eve to Adam (or vice versa) but God obviously planned it and thus their union was blessed.  Even the serpent played into God’s hand by seducing eve to try the fruit… as sex was God’s idea in the first place (be fruitful and multiply) and something the angels never ever even think about doing… the fallen ones are a different story and are considered in this day and age haters of man and demons… or aliens… which ever you prefer.

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Note 2.  Now that you see a true Hebrew diagram… the donate button Jesus has never wanted on this blog till now… if anyone can afford me a new/used computer please feel free to contact me via email or whatever… thank you so much for your friendship in expanding the wonderful language of our Risen Savior… Sincerely, your faithful steward in the Lord, John Mark Butzu.

Psalms 1:1 – An In Depth Hebrew Word Study

13 May

Note: I have tried to incorporate a Hebrew font into my WordPress theme but at this time I cannot figure out how or know if it is even possible.  I would like to try to make a pdf file for this post where I can use real Hebrew letters and thus expound more into the particulars of the Hebrew language but do not see that happening at this time.  I apologize in advance for any errors.

 Sincerely, John.

Psalms 1:1  (Please see note 1)

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Psalms 1:1  (Translation)

Happy [a] are those [b] who are boldly able to enter into God’s presence, who choose not to model their lives after those who are not walking on the right path! [c]  They do not form close friendships with those who habitually sin, nor do they purposely spend their free time in the homes of those who make fun of God’s laws.   

Introduction:

Psalms one is a wisdom Psalm (see note 2)  teaching us what God expects of us if we are to enter fully into his divine and holy presence.  “As Perowne has observed: in form (Psalms One) is little more than the expansion of a proverb” (see note 3).  It is believed by some that King Solomon wrote this psalm as an introduction to his father’s writings as it was not uncommon for a son “to gather the writings of his father” (again see note 3).

Note: I have taken a great deal of time in going by word by word through each word in this Psalm… verse 1 is finally complete!  Hope you enjoy it and may God richly bless you.

Verse 1: Blessed is the man (or woman)…

 Blessed –  The Hebrew word here for blessed is “esher” (eh-sher) which literally means “happy is the one who walks the straight path” (AHLB)(4).  This can only be done by a rich study of God’s word and communion with the Holy Spirit.  Many Christians feel that they can loosely take God’s precious word for granted, come into his presence on Sunday and there receive a rich blessing.  Not so!  Believers must walk a straight path before the Lord if they want their lives to be fruitful and truly blessed.(5)

Man –  The word here for man is “iysh” (eesh) and can be translated as mankind or steward.  God is not unjust and neither were the writers of the Psalms.  He loves all of his creation equally, and each of us are assigned a special place in his eternal and glorious kingdom.  Thus you should be able to put your mind to rest (for all you women out there) that this Psalm was meant only for men.  I personally choose the translation “steward,” as each of us as believers are called to be stewards of God’s holy word.

That walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly…

Walketh –  The Hebrew word for walk is halak (haw-lak) which basically means to walk a certain way along life’s journey (AHLB).  A great example of halak in connection to this verse can be seen in Genesis 17:1 where God tells Abraham “I am the Almighty God; walk (halak) before me, and be thou perfect.”  Obviously God is not telling Abraham to physically walk before him (that would be ridiculous) but to continue spiritually to direct his life in such a way so that he will receive all that God had promised to him.  The Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary translates this word as ‘behave’.  This is also good, but behave is an abstract term and we are talking ancient Biblical Hebrew here, not modern day English or even Greek!  Thus we will stick with the first definition – to walk in a particular way along life’s journey.   This is the basic meaning of halak.

Counsel –  The Hebrew word for counsel is ‘etsah’ (ay-tsaw) and comes from the root word ya’ats (yaw-ats) which means to advise or to counsel, receive plans from or purpose.

Ungodly – Hebrew word here is rasha’ (raw-shaw) which means “one who has departed from the correct path (AHLB)… thus to be or to do wrong (hence morally wrong) (strong’s def).

Nor standeth in the way of sinners…

Standeth – Translators used many words to portray this one Hebrew word “amad” (aw-mad).  The Hebrew word amad can be found in scripture in the KJV as stand, stay, stood, set, withstand, continue, endure, appoint, present, remain, endure… the list goes on and on.  This word can be tricky.  As you can see from the words given, ‘amad’ can take on many different meanings, but thanks once again to the AHLB (please see note 5) I have found a very simple answer to solidify this passage of scripture for me.  The original concrete meaning of the word amad is that of a pillar.  This is where we get the idea to stand, be strong with, endure, remain, etc.  Thus, we get the picture from amad as God’s warning to the pious not to stand strong with or form pillars with someone who refuses to believe the truth.  In 2 Corinthians 6:17 the Bible says: “Come out from among them, be separate and clean and I will receive you.  Two verses before we find – “Do not be unequally yoked with those who resist the truth”(please see note 6).  In other words, be strong and do not form pillars of friendship with the unsaved where you are not the stronger vessel.  This is what I learned from amad!

Way – The Hebrew word for way is derek (deh-rek) and concretely means “a road” and by implication “a way of life”.  It comes from the root word darak  (daw-rak) which means to take a step (AHLB) and also “to tread.”  This word implies a journey, manner, custom, conduct, etc and is used often in scripture.

Sinners – The Hebrew word chatta’ (khat-taw) basically means criminal or one who is found guilty and comes from the root word chata’ (khaw-taw) where we find the word the english word “sin” – or one who has missed the mark.  A hardened criminal usually does not have remorse for the things he has done and that is what makes him all the more guilty in God’s eyes, thus once again missing the mark.

Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful…

Sitteth – This is why I study Hebrew!  The word is yashab (yaw-shab) which means to dwell, to marry, etc.  Translators used the english word “sit” but this word lacks so much as to the picture of what the psalmist is actually saying.  God’s word is precious and thus every letter, every word must be examined for clarification, meaning, interpretation, etc.  The overall picture of this word implies one of resting in a particular place for an extended period of time.  Thus, it is not to merely “sit” but to dwell, abide, interact with… that is the beauty of knowing the Hebrew language!

Seat – The Hebrew word for seat is mowshab (mo-shawb) whose root has the concrete meaning of a dwelling place.  Its root is the word yashab, the word right above.

Scornful – The word here is luwts (loots) and is made up of only two Hebrew letters.  The first letter is lamed which is a picture of a staff and thus is a symbol of authority, namely God’s.  It also is a representation of the human tongue.  The second letter is tsadik and is a picture of a man laying on his side which represents trouble (AHLB).  Thus, it is easy to draw the conclusion by combining these two letters that the word luwts describes a man who is fighting God’s authority.  Another example of why I love Hebrew!

Happy [a] are those [b] who are boldly able to enter into God’s presence, who choose not to model their lives after those who are not walking on the right path! [c]  They do not form close friendships with those who habitually sin, nor do they purposely spend their free time in the homes of those who make fun of God’s laws.   


Notes on Word Study:

1) Psalms One is also a Torah Psalm (as is Psalms 19 and 119) as its emphasis is placed on the man who delights in the Torah or Law of the Adonai.

2) Taken from a Study By Bob Deffinbaugh entitled: A Psalm for All Seasons: Studies in the Book of Psalms

3) Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible by Jeff Benner

4) The Septuagint or LXX translates this word esher (blessed) as “makarios.”  We find the word in the New Testament many times, most notably perhaps in the Beatitudes.

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To learn more about Jeff Benner and his amazing research and studies please visit the Ancient Hebrew Research Center’s website.  Jeff’s work and dedication to the Hebrew Text is an invaluable source of wisdom to me.  You can find more about this man and his wonderful family by clicking here.

6) In the KJV the term is “unbelievers”

Commentary for Bible Translation:

a) or those who are truly able to enter into God’s presence

b) anyone who is called to be a steward of God’s word

c) they themselves being led astray

 

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