Kinsman Redeemer

The Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; the God of the whole earth he is called. – Isaiah 54:5


Before Jesus came to Earth, the Father was known as a Redeemer as today’s verse says. An earlier phrase in the same verse says, “For your Maker is your Husband.” Think on that a while. In many instances, God compares Himself to a husband regarding Israel. And in the New Testament, the church is referred to as the bride of Christ.

The story of Ruth paints a picture of who Jesus is. Ruth was a Moabite woman who came to Israel with her mother-in-law Naomi after their husbands died. Ruth found favor in Boaz’s sight who happened to be a kinsman redeemer. He had the right to buy Naomi’s land and be a husband to Ruth, which is what he did after Ruth approached him and lay at his feet. She had a baby who turned out to be the grandfather of King David, thus Ruth was an ancestor of Jesus.

Of particular interest is what the women said of what Boaz did for Naomi and Ruth. “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age” (Ruth 4:14-15). Christ is the Redeemer who accepts you into God’s family, restores your life and nourishes you spiritually through old age. God knows you and loves you. He desires an intimate relationship with you. Spend time with Him in prayer. Intercede for the leaders of the United States to become thankful for the Holy One of Israel, the Maker, the Husband, and the Redeemer.  

Today’s Verse: Isaiah 54:5

For your Maker is your husband,
    the Lord of hosts is his name;
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
    the God of the whole earth he is called.

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: Titus 2:11-15

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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