ORIGINS: "Redeemed"


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


Isaiah 43


  • 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?"


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