Yahweh Goelekh

I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine. Then all mankind will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Isaiah 49:26

She lost everything when her husband died.  She didn’t have a job; a way to pay the bills.  She didn’t have any children.  She had her mother-in-law and sister-in-law, but she still felt alone.  Her mother-in-law was amazing!  Most people complain about their mothers-in-law, but she loved hers!  Of course her father-in-law had also recently died, but her mother-in-law kept going and sharing her love for God with everyone around her.  When it became clear that in order to survive, they were going to have to move, she didn’t even question it.  She was going with her mother-in-law.

Many of you have heard the story of Ruth and Boaz.  Boaz is referred to as a kinsman redeemer.  The purpose of a kinsman redeemer was to help a relative in need or danger.  If a relative is murdered, the kinsman redeemer would become the avenger.  In the instance of a widow, without children, the kinsman redeemer was to marry the widow and purchase the property of the deceased husband.  In this way, the widow would be provided for.  Plus the first child of this union would be seen as the son of the deceased man. 

Yahweh Goelekh reminds us that Jesus is our kinsman redeemer.  He redeems us, pays our debts and brings us into the family of God.  We have a hope and future because of the work that He does in our lives.  In ancient days if a woman was a childless widow, she was unable to provide for herself.  She was basically thrown out like trash.  But, God doesn’t see us as trash!  He redeems us!

Goelekh is a word that means ‘redeemer’.  So The LORD your Redeemer is today’s name of God.  A redeemer is one who pays a price in order to secure the release of something or someone.  So, do you see that connection with the kinsman redeemer? 

There are several Scriptures that refer to Jesus as our Redeemer:

and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Romans 3:24

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

1 Corinthians 1:30

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

Ephesians 1:7

There are many other references, as well!  But here’s what this actually means …. We are lost.  We are slaves to sin, headed for a punishment of death.  Jesus comes in and rescues us.  He frees us from slavery and He took our punishment.  We don’t have to face death as a punishment for our sins.  But we have to be willing to accept the gift that He gives us.  We need to give Him our lives, submit to His authority.  He is worthy to be our Lord and Savior.

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