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Daily Bread - December 1, 2018 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 01 December 2018 08:17
Exodus 6:6 - "Therefore, say to the children of Israel: 'I am the Lord, and
I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will
rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched-out
arm and with great judgments."

Redemption: Part 6 - Jesus, Our Kinsman Redeemer

The Greek word for redemption is lytroō which has three Hebrew equivalents
gāʾal, pādah, and kopher. This, of course, has profound theological
significance with respect to the clear association with its Old Testament
usage and the terms used to describe how God delivered Israel from Egyptian
slavery, especially as it relates to the gaal (Redeemer) and kopher
(ransom) -the payment to ransom a human life. When these words are found
through their Greek equivalents in the New Testament, we should not look to
redefine their meanings, but instead see the full revelation of that which
was already described in their first meanings.

The Greek lytroo is found in Titus 2:14 translated "to redeem," the focus
of the meaning should be as it was in the Old Testament, to redeem from
slavery. When we think of the lytroo, we should understand the same imagery
that is expressed with the "gaal" who would be the kinsmen redeemer, or the
blood redeemer, or the one who was responsible for redeeming from slavery
(Leviticus 25:48). Another associated word is lytron, which is translated
"ransom" in Mark 10:45 and Matthew 20:28, which is the payment to release
from slavery. Still another cognate of lytroo is antilytron, "ransom,"
which is found in 1 Timothy 2:6, also lytrōsis, "redemption," in Hebrews
9:12, and the most frequent Greek cognate for redemption is apolytrōsis
(Romans 3:24). We can then understand the word group used to translate
redeemer, redemption, and ransom all speaking to the ransom, the payment
which was made to substitute for a person's life, as well as the one who is
responsible for the redemption, the redeemer.

Christ Jesus took on flesh and blood that He might become our Kinsmen
Redeemer. He voluntarily took on the duty and responsibility of our nearest
relative with the ability to redeem us from slavery and used His own blood
as the ransom payment. He was the One Who became our blood redeemer and
destroyed the one who had murdered Adam who was created in the image and
likeness of God. Through His ransom payment, all who were slaves to sin and
bound by the chains of darkness and death were liberated by the power of
the Redeemer's ransom payment, His blood. It is important to keep in mind
what these words specifically mean lest we create a false testimony to the
truth. Our redeemer released us from our slavery to sin and destroyed the
power and right of the one who held us there! (John 10:10, 8:36; Galatians
5:1)

Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through Christ Jesus, our
Redeemer! (1 Corinthians 15:57)
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