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“They will be called … the Redeemed of the Lord”.
Isa 62:12 NIV
In Old Testament times there was an interesting family custom. With little in the way of medicine life was short and difficult. In fact, life expectancy was only 28 years, made very short because of the high incidence of child mortality. It often happened that a man would die long before his wife who was left destitute – no life insurance and all that. It then became the task of the dead man’s brother to take responsibility for his sister-in-law. He was called the “go’el” or redeemer. The passive voice, to “be redeemed” meant someone else had rescued you. Since God was, from time to time, rescuing the Israelites as a nation, they became “the Redeemed of the Lord”. As Isaiah wrote, the people had recently been rescued from slavery in Babylon and hence had been redeemed again.
Christian believers know that Christ, by his death and resurrection, has redeemed them from a life of sin, guilt, meaninglessness and emptiness. By redeeming them, Jesus has brought salvation, hope, joy, freedom and love to them. They now have someone in whom to believe, someone who becomes a constant companion, a guide and Lord. Once redeemed by accepting Christ, life for Christian believers, becomes meaningful, joyful, disciplined, and purposeful.
David Winter, a minister in London, told how a young couple suddenly appeared in his church. He wondered why. They said that they had been bored by the suburban life they had been living – it had consisted of working, eating and watching television. One of them remarked, “There must be more to life than this”. They “tried church”, found God, gave their lives to Christ and started really living. They had been redeemed. Have you?
Lord, thank you for including me amongst the redeemed.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Lord, I pray for the church throughout the world today. I think especially of those members who have become cut off from their local fellowship as a result of lockdown regulations. Help them to know that they are part of the great company of angels and archangels and the host of heaven still worship and adore you. I ask it in the name of Jesus. AMEN
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