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Thus says the Lord your Redeemer

September 3, 2017

Isaiah-48-17

The Verse of the Day for August 3, 2022, comes from Isaiah 48:17(AMP). Here is a revision of a previous blog post:

This is what the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit (benefit), who leads you in the way that you should go.

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 anyone.” According to the Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, to be redeemed is to be forgiven, to be made holy, to be freed, adopted, and reconciled to God.

In Isaiah 43:1 (AMP) we also find another reference:

Israel Redeemed

But now, this is what the Lord, your Creator says, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you [from captivity]; I have called you by name; you are Mine!

In the Book of Psalms we find references to paying a ransom or redemption:

Psalm 111:9 (New Living Translation):

He has paid a full ransom for his people. He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever.What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!

Psalm 130:7  (NLT)

O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows.

The Verse of the Day with its reference to “your redeemer” also brings to mind that as believers we have been redeemed or purchased back from the hand of the enemy by Christ Jesus, who performs the role of a Kinsman Redeemer. A previous blog entry 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 distant family member who is in danger or trouble or in need of vindication.

A scripture memory song describes this Old Testament example:

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 unforgettable 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:

A 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.

Romans 15:4

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.

The portrait of the family guardian or kinsman redeemer is vividly dramatized in this excerpt from this production by Kenneth Berg.

We conclude as Heidi French Lovett offers a moving, musical expression of “There is a Redeemer”: