The Verse of the Day for April 29, 2016 comes from Job 19:25 (KJV):
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth
This verse refers to the concept of “redeemer,” one who exercises the right of redemption. The act of redeeming literally means “to purchase out, buy up; buy out of the hands of a person; to set free; to buy off, to secure for oneself or one’s own use; to buy up from the power or possession of any one.” According to the King James Dictionary, to be redeemed, then, is to be forgiven, to be made holy, to be freed, adopted, and reconciled to God.
This often quoted passage with its reference to redeemer also brings to mind that as believers we have been redeemed or purchased back from hand of the enemy by Christ Jesus, who performs the role of a Kinsman Redeemer. A previous blog entry which is modified and re-posted below introduced this prototype.
This heroic figure is foreshadowed in the Book of Ruth, where a male relative assumes the responsibility to act on behalf of a family member who is in danger or trouble or in need of vindication.
A scripture memory song describes this Old Testament prototype:
The Kinsman Redeemer, our wonderful savior.
The Kinsman Redeemer, we know that He is able
To restore and to bless, to turn sadness into joy.
When we read the Word of God and learn the truth,
We see that the Kinsman Redeemer was Boaz who married Ruth.
I recall a series of teachings based on the Book of Ruth and some of the lessons to be learned from that amazing love story that reveals the heroic figure of the Kinsman Redeemer. The teachings inspired this poem which the Verse of the Day brought to mind:
Another Lesson from the Book of Ruth
For whatever was thus written in former days was written
for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance
and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might
hold fast to and cherish hope.
In times of crisis when famine engulfs the land,
Those willing to glean, to sacrifice will survive.
Like Ruth, they shall be satisfied and even thrive
To see blessings flow from the Father’s own right hand.
As a Kinsman Redeemer arose to rescue
Two brave women in despair, Naomi and Ruth,
So their example reveals an eternal truth:
What God did then, He does no less for me and you.
Dismissing failures, our Savior ignored each flaw
As he called us by name and set the captives free,
For our redemption canceled any penalty
When he redeemed our souls from the curse of the Law.
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, still lives.
And through all eternity he endlessly gives.
Heidi French Lovett offers a musical expression of “Jesus our Redeemer”:
The verse from Job also brings to mind George Friedrich Handel’s Messiah, the renowned oratorio based on texts from the King James Version of the Bible. One of the most well-known selections from this frequently performed musical composition is based Job 19:25-26: “I Know that My Redeemer Liveth.”