Continuing the discussion from Devotional:
When I first read this passage, the word ‘loving-kindness’ leapt out at me. This is likely because I have done a word study in the past on the hebrew word hesed. Often, especially in the psalms, we will see the hebrew word hesed translated as ‘loving-kindness’.
An interesting point here is that in John 1:14 we see the word couplet, ‘grace and truth’. Why this is interesting is because the greek translation of the Old Testament, the Septuagint, almost always translates hesed in this way.
One of the most critical Old Testament usages of this word hesed comes when YHWH self-discloses himself to Israel. This passage is found in Exodus 34 : 6, 7. In this case, it is often translated as ‘unfailing love and faithfulness’
God is overflowing in hesed. Christ overflows with hesed
There is an excellent video here for those who wish to study this word further. My favourite line comes from the song-writer when he summarizes the definition of hesed as follows:
When the person from whom you have a right to expect nothing… gives you everything!