“Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem every firstborn among you sons. In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed every firstborn in Egypt, both man and animal. This is why I sacrifice to the Lord the firs male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.’” (Exodus 13:13-15)
Israel’s redemption was founded on the death of the firstborn in Egypt (11:1-12:30). The offering of a lamb foreshadowed the offering of the Son of God on the cross for our redemption (John 1:29).
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, firstborn sons for the Israelites are to offer a sacrifice for our redemption, through the actions of Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. He was humiliated, whipped to within an inch of His death and crucified on a cross as a sacrifice for our sins; thus, we are redeemed. Thank You, Abba, for your open love for Your people. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Beloved count your blessings, not your problems.”
“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 law relating o kinsman-redeemers. The redeemer avenged wrong, redeemed from 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 (Mathew 1:5).
“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28)
The complete redemption of God’s people will take place in the end time when Christ returns. This the only place the word redemption occurs in the Gospels.
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 song 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 firstfruits to God and the Lamb. And from their mouths no lies came from them.” (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.