ORIGINS: "Redeemed"

Consider:  

גְאַלְתִּ֔יךָ - "A primitive root, to redeem (according to the Oriental law of kinship), i.e. To be the next of kin (and as such to buy back a relative's property, marry his widow, etc.) -- X in any wise, X at all, avenger, deliver, (do, perform the part of near, next) kinsfolk(-man), purchase, ransom, redeem(-er), revenger." From Strong's Concordance

Read:

Isaiah 43

Ask:

  • How do you understand the difference between "relational" and "transactional?"
  • What does it mean that God "redeems" us as if God were our kin-folk?
  • How does it feel that God might "buy us out of bondage," i.e. participate in a system of bondage, especially if that system is so unjust?
  • What would it mean for God to be our "revenger?"

Move:

Who in your life acts like your "next of kin" and when was the last time you thanked them for acting as God does in your life?  Make a plan for how you could return that relational connection to them or to others around you.

Carl GladstoneComment