Redeemer ( Isaiah 48: 17)

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Redeemer ( Isaiah 48: 17). In (Isaiah 48:17), we read, “This is what the Lord says, – Your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is the best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”

The concept of a redeemer is very strong throughout Scripture. Old Testament law specifically provided for what is often known as a “kinsman-redeemer”- the “next of kin” or closest blood relative who would act on behalf of a relative in need or in trouble, or vindicate that person. The kinsman-redeemer’s responsibilities included buying back property that was lost (Leviticus 25: 25), buying back a relative who had fallen into slavery (Leviticus 25: 47-49), and avenging the death of a murdered relative (Number 35:12).

Perhaps the most well-known example of a kinsman-redeemer is found in the book of Ruth.

The word translated “redeemer” is “ga’al,” which means to redeem, such as to buy back a relative’s property, marry his widoe, etc. It also means to deliver, purchase, ransom, or be the avenger for (Source:

Jewish law provided for a human redeemer, but Scripture reveals God as our perfect redeemer. Jeremiah 50:34 says, “Their (Israel & Judah’s) Redeemer is strong, the Lord of hosts is his name; he shall thoroughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land….”

In Psalm 78: 35, the psalmist writes of Israel, “And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.”

Isaiah 44:24 says, “This is what the Lord says your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself.”

And in Isaiah 54: 4-5 , we read, “Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.”

Both in Old Testament prophecy and in New Testament fulfillment of that prophecy, we see this same promise of our Redeemer in Jesus the Messiah.

In Titus 2: 11-14, we read, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and wordly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope-the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”

And Galatians 4: 4-7 reads, “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” (For more on “Abba,” see day seven of this study.)

1 Corinthians 6: 20 and 7: 23 say that we have been bought with a price. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have been purchased back from slavery to death and given pure freedom through slavery to Christ.

A redeemer is one who says, “You don’t have to pay the price for anything you owe; you don’t have to figure a way out of the mess you’re in. Because I will do it for you.”

How wonderful to serve a God who is our Redeemer.

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