I’m honored to have Sarah Travis joining us this week for #WORDNerd Wednesday. She brings such a wealth of knowledge and experience! Give her a nice warm welcome, won’t you!
Redemption — 1. the act of making something better or more acceptable, 2. the act of exchanging something for money, an award, etc.
Redemption in Christianity — the act of saving people from sin and evil : the fact of being saved from sin or evil.
The Hebrew gaal is used in the Old Testament 105 times with the most common English translation being “redeemed,” but I love some of the other English words used…
- bought back
- close relative
For redemption to take place there has to be a redeemer!
It was the Lord God who redeemed His people out of slavery in Egypt, rescued them from danger, and away from the hand of Pharoah (Exodus 15:13).
Throughout Leviticus we read law after law on redemption. If someone in financial strain sold property, they could either buy it back or have a close relative — a kinsman redeemer — buy it back on their behalf. If someone sells themselves into slavery, a relative can later redeem and release them.
One of the greatest stories of redemption for me in the Old Testament is that of Ruth and Boaz.
Having married one of Naomi’s sons, Ruth and Naomi both found themselves as widows. Instead of Ruth returning to her family of birth, she stayed faithful and loyal to her mother-in-law. They returned to Naomi’s home in Bethlehem “empty” (Ruth 1:21). Ruth won the favor of Boaz and was able to glean (gather grain left over) in his field and he also protected her from the male workers (Ruth 2:8-9). He then invited her to sit at the table and dine with him and gifted her with sheaves from the fields, rather than just the leftovers.
Naomi, on discovering it is Boaz, a relative of hers, who bestowed kindness on Ruth, instructed her to approach him and ask for redemption (Ruth 3:1-4). Boaz become the kinsman redeemer who would pay the redemption price for land and also take Ruth as his wife (Ruth 3:9-10). Ruth and Boaz gave birth to Obed from whom Jesus would descend! So much beauty in this story!
I love the description of redemption in my ESV Study Bible: “If a person gets into difficulty or danger, then a relative (his nearest redeemer) is to redeem him from his dire straits.”
THE greatest story of redemption in the whole Bible is that of Jesus! As the Son of our Father God, He is the only one able to redeem us from our dire straits. Like Boaz, Jesus redeems us by paying the price to release us from our sins and purchases us as His Bride, inviting us to sit at the marriage supper table and dine with Him (Revelation 19:6-8).
“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life–a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 HCSB
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24 HCSB
“We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace” Ephesians 1:7 HCSB
Our redeemer Jesus Christ is the One who protects us and He is the only One who can make us better and more acceptable in the sight of His Father. He is the only One who can save us from our sin through our salvation in Him.
Redemption — where out of the ashes True Love springs forth encompassing all of our guilt and shame, as our redeemer Jesus pays redemption’s price.
“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble” Psalm 107:2 ESV
“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.” Job 19:25 NASB
Is Jesus your redeemer? Have you approached Him and asked Him to redeem you from your sins. Will you dine at the marriage supper table with Him? Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!
Sarah Travis is Scottish born and bred and immigrated to the U.S. in 2013 to marry Jason. They now have their first baby boy on the way. She is an author, speaker, and inspirational Bible teacher passionate about helping women believe their acceptance and belonging in Christ, not in the world. She is also a writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies. You can connect with Sarah on Facebook and Twitter, and on her blog at www.sarahtravis.org