Meditation for 05/23/2019
“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.’” (Exodus 6:6)
Beloved, God’s salvation is His redemption of His people. “Redeem” (Hebrew – ga ‘al) means to deliver or set free by paying a price.
The Exodus from Egypt is God’s greatest act of redemption in the Old Testament. He redeemed a slave people and set them free.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, The Exodus was the first step for God’s people to become truly become His. His act of redemption was to set them free, so that could freely accept Him as their God. I pray this day, that people around the world would be realize the depth of love and compassion that God has for us all. His offer of salvation is for all, but we must accept Him through His Son, Jesus. I pray that more people will come to this freedom and fall under His protection. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“It takes courage to stand up and speak—but it also takes courage to sit down and listen.”
“The Lord bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our kinsman-redeemers.” (Ruth 2:20)
Israel had laws relating to kinsman-redeemers (Hebrew – go ‘el; Lev. 25:25-27, 48-49; Num. 5:8; 35:12, 19, 24; Dt. 19:12; Jos. 20:3). The loving protection of the helpless, deeply ingrained in the Old Testament, is attractively portrayed in the care Boaz extended to Naomi and Ruth. In this story the redeemer avenged wrong, redeemed for slavery and debt, and provided family continuity for widows. Boaz was acting in that capacity when he redeemed Ruth, the daughter-in-law of Naomi. That is why Ruth the Moabitess was included in the genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:5).
Salvation, Redemption: (Psalm 34:22)
God’s redemption and freedom from condemnation are equated in the text. Redemption is available to those who take refuge in God. Redemption here is personal, rather than national as in the Exodus. To redeem )Hebrew – padah) had a concrete meaning in Israel’s sacrificial system, referring to the setting free of the firstborn son from the command to sacrifice all firstborn to God.
Second Thought of the Day:
“And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the son except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as first fruits to God and he Lamb.” (Revelation 14:3-4)
Twenty-eight times this book calls Jesus the Lamb of God. Undergirding that image is the idea of Christ as a sacrifice on the cross for sin.
In this passage, the Lamb stands on Mount Zion and received the praise of all the redeemed. God’s great redemption through Christ is worthy of all praise from all His creatures.