This week, Amy Juett returns to discuss what it means for us to have the privilege of calling God our Go’el.
Go’el can be translated as “The Redeemer,” but what is a redeemer, and what role did a redeemer have in the Old Testament?
A redeemer is one who redeems. Merriam-Webster defines “redeem” as
- To buy back
- To free from what distresses or harms
- To change for the better
- To repair or restore
- To free from a lien by payment of an amount secured thereby
- To atone for
The concept of a redeemer can be found all the way back in Leviticus 25 on Mount Sinai where God is giving Moses instructions for the Isrealites. God tells Moses in the case of someone having become poor and having had to sell their land or become enslaved to have a near relative buy back the land or the person—to become the Redeemer.
Boaz- A Human Redeemer
Sometimes looking at a human example helps us better understand the divine.
One of the most poignant examples of a redeemer in the Old Testament is that of Boaz in the book of Ruth. In the story of Ruth, we find Ruth a Moabitess and her mother-in-law Naomi both widowed and returning from Moab. Ruth gleans in the barley field where Boaz show kindness by instructing his men to leave a little extra grain for her to gather. When Naomi realizes this same Boaz is a kinsman-redeemer (close family relative that can act as a redeemer), she instructs Ruth to go to the threshing floor where she will find Boaz and to do whatever it is Boaz says.
When Boaz awakens to find Ruth at his feet, he questions her and discovers who she is and that she needs a redeemer. The next day, Boaz gathers the one man who would be a closer kinsman-redeemer than himself and ten of the elders. Boaz offers the man a chance to redeem the land for Naomi with taking Ruth as a condition of the redemption. The man declines, and Boaz steps in as the redeemer.
As the kinsman-redeemer, Boaz marries Ruth, and together they have a son. The son was Obed, the father of Jesse who was the father of King David. Through the redemption of a destitute Moabitess, God laid the genealogical foundation for the birth of Jesus Christ, the ultimate Redeemer.
God As Our Redeemer
The story of Boaz and Ruth is just a glimpse into the redemption God offers us through his Son.
God, our heavenly Father, has redeemed us through the death of his Son, our own kinsman redeemer, and in doing so fulfilled each and every part of the definition of redeem.
- Go’el bought us back with the blood of Christ.
- Go’el freed us from the chains of sins.
- Go’el changed our lives eternally.
- Go’el restored our relationship with him.
- Go’el freed us from the lien Satan had placed on our souls.
- Go’el atoned for every mistake we have ever made.
He says to each of us:
“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”Isaiah 44:22 (NIV)
Let us say in return, “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.” Job 19:25 (NIV)
What does it mean to you that God is your Go’el? Which of the six aspects of his redemption is most meaningful to you?God, our heavenly Father, has redeemed us through the death of his Son, our own kinsman redeemer, and in doing so fulfilled each and every part of the definition of redeem. @calamusmom #wordnerdwednesday #goel #namesofgod Click To Tweet
Hi! I’m Amy, a daughter of God and a native of the Nebraska Sandhills. I am married to my college sweetheart, and we are living the life of little sleep with three young children. From time to time we also welcome foster children into our family and love them as our own for however long they stay with us.
We live in what was my grandparents’ house overlooking the Calamus River. Around the place we have twenty-three chickens, three Labrador Retrievers (more when we have puppies), a pony, and whatever bugs the children find to put in their bug box.
My days are filled with laundry, messes, cooking, homeschooling our oldest, and more laundry. When I’m not immersed in one of those, I enjoy writing, reading, crafty projects, dabbling in photography especially nature, and participating in whatever adventure my husband has dreamed up for our family.
I am passionate about encouraging and equipping in their faith and for the journey of motherhood. In that vein, I share devotionals and blog about motherhood over at Calamus Mom and am active on Facebook. I’d love to connect with you on either or both of those and hear what God is teaching you.