chesed

The sphere of Chesed has to do with the mercy that God offers those that are willing to follow Christ, and be obedient to the commandments. We are able to receive mercy and are spared from facing the wrath of God through the sacrifice Christ made in the sphere of Tiphareth. Christ endured the hardships of the world, and overcame it by living a life without sin; He made the ultimate sacrifice by dying for our sins.

This sphere has to do with the forgiveness and mercy that Christ offers us (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14). It is a free gift if we will only accept it and follow Him. In order for us to follow Him we must be obedient to His commandments. Love, Obedience, and Mercy are the attributes associated with this sphere of the Qabalah. The name of God associated with this sphere is EL meaning the Mighty One.

Isaiah 1:24 Therefore the Lord says, The Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, "Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries, And take vengeance on My enemies.

Psalm 50:1-6 The Mighty One, God the Lord, Has spoken and called the earth Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; A fire shall devour before Him, And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him. He shall call to the heavens from above, And to the earth, that He may judge His people: "Gather My saints together to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice." 6 Let the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is Judge. Selah

God is referred to as the Mighty One. This aspect of God represents His omnipotence. God is a god of judgment and mercy. He shines forth out of Heaven and will not be kept silent. He will rid Himself of His adversaries and sinners will face His wrath. He will judge the sinners of the world, but He will have mercy on His saints who have made a covenant with Him through sacrifice. The sacrifice spoken of here is the sacrifice the Christ made in atonement for the sins of the world. The covenant is the agreement in the hearts of the saints to be obedient to the commandments out of love.

Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you-The sure mercies of David.

Matthew 26:28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Hebrews 9:15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

We are to hear the word of God and follow His commandments in order for our souls to live. The New Covenant is in the blood of Christ for the remission of our sins. Along with the washing away of our sins through the blood of Christ, we are to be obedient to the commandments, which will be written in our hearts and minds. Christ is from the bloodline of David through His mother Mary, and He is the one that offers us mercy.

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

Isaiah 49:25-26 But thus says the Lord: "Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; For I will contend with him who contends with you, And I will save your children. I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine. All flesh shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob."

God the Mighty One will save His followers and deliver us from our adversaries. Before Christ made atonement for our sins we were held captive by the bondage of sin. Christ is our Savior, Redeemer, and the Mighty One of Jacob. Christ is from the bloodline of Jacob whom King David is also descended from.

Hebrews 5:8-9 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him

Romans 1:5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ

Romans 6:16-17 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.

Jesus was the Son of God, yet He learned obedience through the things that He suffered. We to will be disciplined by the Lord in order for us to learn obedience. In obedience to the commandments we will complete the Great Work of purifying our souls, and will be made perfect. Our perfection comes through the mercy and salvation given to us through Christ, and our willingness to obey His commandments. We are to accept Christ sacrifice for us, have Godís commandment written in our hearts, and obey His commandments from our hearts.

Genesis 22:18 "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."

Exodus 19:5-6 'Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 'And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel."

We are to obey the commandments of God and keep ourselves holy; in doing so we will be blessed, and be a special treasure, loved by God.

Leviticus 26:14-18 'But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you. 'And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

Deuteronomy 4:30-31 When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

It is through Godís mercy that He makes all things known to us. By doing so we are able to make an informed decision whether or not we choose to follow His commandments. If we choose not to follow Him we will face His wrath. This is done to discipline us and urge us to change our behavior. If we still choose to continue in our iniquities then things will continue getting seven times worse. If we make the decision to be obedient to the commandments of God, then we will receive His mercy. He will not forsake or destroy us, and He will be faithful in all of His promises to us.
Deuteronomy 12:28 Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 12:32 Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.

Deuteronomy 13:4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice, and you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.

We receive many promises and benefits that come with obeying the word of God. Our children will also be blessed and He will hold us as more dear to Him then all the other nations on the earth. Deuteronomy 28:1-14 provides a large list of the blessings that you we receive by obeying the commandments. We are instructed to hold fast to and carefully observe the commandments not adding to them or taking away from them.

Job 36:11-12 If they obey and serve Him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they do not obey, they shall perish by the sword, And they shall die without knowledge.

Jeremiah 7:23 "But this is what I commanded them, saying, 'Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.

By being obedient to the Lord we will live in prosperity and pleasure, and it will go well with us.

Hebrews 10:7 Then I said, 'Behold, I have come-In the volume of the book it is written of Me-To do Your will, O God.'

Hebrews 5:9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him

John 14:15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments.

Acts 5:29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "We ought to obey God rather than men.

Jesus came to the earth to do the will of God, and in doing so was made perfect. It is through our obedience to Jesus that we receive the salvation and mercy of God. We are to obey Him out of love. In the sphere of Netzach we discussed how our love for God may grow and how we can witness the love of God in our own lives. It is through love that we obey Christ. We love God because of the love that He has shown us by sending His son to die in our place, so that we might receive mercy from the wrath we would otherwise have to face.

We demonstrate our love for God and Jesus by obeying their commandments. This is the only thing we can do to repay them for all of the loving kindness that they have shown us. Without God we would not even be alive. Living our lives for Him is a small amount of reciprocity, and it is the least we can do.

1 John 2:3-6 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

1 John 3:21-23 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

We can be assured that we know Christ if we are obedient to His commandments. By obeying the commandments, the love of God will be perfected in us. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10) as we learned at the sphere of Netzach. When we first begin following Godís commandments it is done in the fear of the Lord, as we progress we will follow the commandments out of love (John 14:15). When we follow Godís commandments and live a holy life, we are made perfect and we will receive Godís love and blessing in our lives.

We are to emulate Christ and walk in the manner that He walked. Godís commandments are for our own good, and if we follow the advice of our father we will be successful. We will see the work that God is doing in our lives, and this will cause us to understand God better, and His love will be perfected in us. His commandments are not difficult to follow. By obeying the commandments we will please God and receive His blessings in our lives.

Psalm 31:23-24 Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful, And fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.

Matthew 24:45-47 "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?" Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.

Revelations 22:14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
We are to love the Lord. He is faithful and will preserve us. We can trust in His promises, and have courage and faith in Him. On the day of the Lord everyone will be judged according to their deeds. We should strive to remain faithful in all our actions knowing that our rewards will be based on the things weíve done, and the kind of lives weíve lived. By being obedient to the commandments we will be given the right to eat from the Tree of Life and will be accepted into Heaven.

Exodus 34:6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth

Exodus 20:6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

God is gracious and merciful. He reveals all truth to us and is patient with us allowing us time to work out our salvations. Those who love Him and are obedient to His commandments will receive His mercy.

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

2 Samuel 22:26 With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt show thyself upright.

Psalm 37:26-27 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

Proverbs 14:21-22 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. Do they not err that devise evil? But mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

We are to walk in the manner the Jesus walked. We are to be merciful, and we will be shown mercy. We are to turn away from evil and live holy lives. In doing so our children will also receive blessings, and we will inherit eternal life. If we live according to the commandments we will set a good example for our children and they too will be blessed because of our actions.

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Psalm 91:14-16 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.

Psalm 116:1-2 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

Psalm 145:20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

The Lord will not withhold any good thing from those that love Him and walk in obedience to His commandments. Every good gift comes from God, and if we choose to love and follow God, He will answer us when we call Him, and will deliver us from our troubles.

Ephesians 5:1-2 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
John 3:15-16 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

We are to emulate Christ and walk in love. The love spoken of in this sphere of the Qabalah has to do with obedience to God, and it is through our obedience that we receive His mercy. Christ died in order for us to have the opportunity of salvation, but it is only through our obedience to Him that we are able to accept the mercy that He offers us.

John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

Love and obedience walk hand and hand. It is through these two actions that we receive mercy and are spared from the Wrath of God. God is love, so by expressing love and faithfulness, we can experience God in our lives. By obeying the commandments we please God and He and His son will manifest themselves to us and abide in us.

Romans 5:8-9 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.