Redeemed

When I was a kid I used to walk to school, eyes focused on the side of the road looking for soda bottles which I could redeem for two cents. A few soda bottles could net a bag of candy or a pack of gum.

I never felt I was worthy to put my two cents worth into any conversation. The abuse I received made me mirror the exact responses others wanted. Necessary, for if I responded wrong, I could literally lose my life. Before I was five, my parents had tried to kill me three times. When my father stuck his fist in my face and told me he would kill me if I told, I believed him.

At first, as a young adult, when I looked in the mirror, I saw the face of an abuse victim. In order to change that image, I had to train my thinking to see a VICTOR. One of the key elements for me was the second verse in the list of who am I in Christ. I am excited to share with you the depth of meaning from this Bible verse.

REDEEMED FROM THE HAND OF THE ENEMY.

The New King James Bible puts it this way:

Psalm 107, verse two, “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”

The Psalms were written in Hebrew. When translated from Hebrew to English, some of the words lose important elements of their meaning.  One tool for finding what the psalmist meant by redeemed is Strong’s Concordance.  I want to share with you what redeemed means according to Strong’s (1350)

It means to redeem according to the Oriental law of kinship, where the next of kin (Jesus) buys back a relative’s property, marries his widow, redeems from slavery.  It means avenger, ransom, deliver, kinsman’s part, purchase.  The basic use of this term has to do with deliverance of persons or property that has been sold for debt.  In Biblical times, a poor person could sell himself into slavery to pay off a debt.  His kinsman could buy back the slave, pay off the debt, and restore the property to the poor person.

Chains of Slavery by xomiele

According to Strong’s, a redeemer could also marry his brother’s wife to produce an offspring to keep the line of inheritance going as we see in the book of Ruth.  The responsibility to redeem belongs to the nearest relative. During the time of Psalms, if someone was killed, there was an avenger of blood, who would hunt down the killer and extract a life for a life.  The kinsman redeemer was responsible for preserving the life, integrity, property and family name.  When God redeems, He redeems with a stretched out arm and with great judgments. We know our Redeemer (Jesus) stretched out His arms for us to deliver us from sin.

Our enemy, adversary (as some translations call him) is defined in Strong’s (6862) with some unusual images such as a tight place, a pebble.  We also see him as an opponent, an enemy, trouble, distress, affliction, foes, tribulation, and pressed hard.

Think about these definitions and how awesome God is that He will fully redeem us – he will take what our abusers stole from us and restore us our life, our integrity, our property, and make us whole. He can help us to get out of tight places, out of our distress, affliction, and tribulation.  Our God is stronger than our abuser.

Next post, we will expand on this verse’s meaning.  For now I wonder what this glorious redemption means to you.  Please share.

Have a blessed day.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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5 Responses to Redeemed

  1. Yvette says:

    Such a wonderful testimony. I love reading your post and seeing how the Lord has redeemed you. Blessings!

    • Thanks :), I really am a miracle of God – There are so many areas He restored, and Now I am blessed to have a wonderful husband and three great kids. God really restored what the locusts ate.

  2. Hazel Moon says:

    That is a powerful List of WHO I AM IN CHRIST. Thanks for the reminder and encourgement!

  3. Deborah says:

    Psalm 18:19
    (NIV1984)
    He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.

    One of my favorite verses.
    Thanks for sharing your story.

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