Thursday, September 17, 2009

Kinsman Redeemer

I have been studying Isaiah 43, as evident by my memory verse (note: look in top side bar to see current verse). This whole passage is really speaking to me right now and I wanted to share just a bit with you today.

In verse one it says, "Fear not, for I have redeemed you........" When I study, I look up the Hebrew (OT) or Greek (NT) meaning of the words in my Bible Explorer software and yesterday I also used Lifeway's Bible study software (which is great btw and very worth your time in exploring), and it made for some very interesting reading and a great afternoon with Abba.

The Hebrew word for Redeemed in this verse is: "ga'al and it meets to act as kinsman; do the part of next of kin, act as kinsman redeem (with God as subject) individuals from death....Israel from Egyptian bondage.....Israel from exile."

I started doing some research about kinsman redeemers. I have read the verses over in Ruth about kinsman redeemer and in the song "He is" it says in Ruth He is the Kinsman Redeemer, but I didn't really understand what a Kinsman Redeemer was for sure. What was their role? Why were they needed? So I did some research.

Back in that time if you got into debt, generally you were sold into slavery to pay for that debt, and then you had to remain there until you paid the debt off or until one of your relatives would pay your debt to release you. This person was called a kinsman redeemer and had to meet four criteria to help.

  1. They had to be related to you. It couldn't just be anybody. It had to be a relative.

  2. The kinsman redeemer had to be free himself. A slave couldn't pay for another slave to be free.

  3. He must be able to pay the price for their kinsman.

  4. He must be willing to pay the price.

This moved me so deeply. All of the Bible points to redemption. It starts in Genesis and goes all the way through to Revelation. I love that about the Bible!!! We, as Gentile Believers, have been grafted in by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, so all of the promises in Scripture are for us to. He made a way where there was no way. I LOVE THAT!!!! THANK YOU JESUS FOR MAKING A WAY!!!!!!!!!!

As I studied about kinsman redeemers, I couldn't help but think about our ultimate Kinsman Redeemer, and how perfectly He fulfills these four parameters.

Jesus Christ is our Kinsman Redeemer because:

  1. He became a Kinsman by coming to this earth in human flesh as a man.

  2. He was free from the bonds of sin. He was the perfect, unspotted, unblemished, Lamb of God.

  3. He was able to pay the price for our freedom. He could pay the ransom price.

  4. And He was willing!!! HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!! He could have told Abba Father that He didn't want to leave all He had ever known....ever......He is come here, but He did. He knew it was the only way to free us, to save us. Oh yes, HE WAS WILLING!!!

I am convinced that God wants me out of my comfort zone. And when I think of how Jesus left heaven to come here, all He had ever known, the most wonderful place EVER to come and be confined to this sin-cursed world, to suffer unimaginable things, so we could be saved, it astounds me. It puts new feet to my faith, because I am re-energized in the Spirit knowing that whatever God is calling me to, is so much better than where I am or came from, and it is so worth stepping out of the comfortable, cozy, lethargy of my own little bubble, to get into the often uncomfortable, but so exciting world of His Glory. Sometimes we just don't know the glory we will be able to bring the Father until we step out for Him, because after all Isaiah 43:7 tells us, we were created for His Glory. Don't miss that, it was for HIS Glory we were created, not for our own, or for this world, but for HIM.

So as we journey through this day, the day the LORD has made and given to us, let's ponder on our Kinsman Redeemer. We were slaves to sin with no way to pay our own debt. It would have taken an eternity, but God saw our need and sent us a Kinsman Redeemer, His Son, Jesus Christ to pay our debt, so our eternities can be spent with Him. What a gift ~~ What a Savior!!!!!!!!

Remember today that you were created for His Glory. It truly changed my perspective to start thinking this way. It changes how you think, which in turn changes your actions.

With tears streaming down my face I post this video of the song "He is". These ladies do a tremdous job on this human video. Please watch and be Blessed.

Have a Blessed and Beautiful day in Christ,


  1. HOLY COW!!! I've never heard that song before... what an AMAZING way to learn the books of the Bible AND what they each represent!!!

    I totally already sent this to our youth Pastor to see about doing this with our youth too!!!

  2. Dawn,

    I love what you have posted here. How true it was that Jesus was our ultimate Kinsman Redeemer. I am forever thankful that He was willing to settle my debt once and for all for me.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  3. You knocked it out of the park today! I love the picture of the kinsmen redeemer - especially the fact that He was willing to give all so that I could be saved. What Love! What sacrifice! What selflessness!
    Blessings ~ Lisa

  4. I love that song!! And I love the concept of Jesus being our kinsman redeemer! GREAT STUFF!

  5. I love this post! One of my very favorite stories is the book of Ruth. Ga-al meaning redeemer of everything ... every bad situation, every heartache, every bad decision. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Awesome post. Thank you so much for your very sweet comment on my blog about daddy. I have peace knowing that he is resting in a much better place and is free from all pain and suffering. Thank you again.