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The Law of Redemption

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15 January 2024

The dictionary meaning of the word redemption is “the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment or clearing an existing debt.” One important thing we need to know about the Law of Redemption, is that you cannot carry out redemption exercise unless you possess a right to do so. “Behold (listen carefully), Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle is coming to you, saying, “Buy my field that is in Anathoth, for you have the right of redemption to buy it [in accordance with the law].” (Jeremiah 32:7 AMP) What determines the right of redemption to anyone is not only the subsequent availability of monetary resources, but also an inherent right associated with the foundational existence of the individual in the nation. Secondly, the type of property in question may be a factor. There is a right associated with real estate redemption and there is a different right associated with the redemption of a slave.  In the olden day nation of Israel and according to the law of God in the book of Leviticus, if an individual is a citizen of the nation where the right of redemption is instituted by the commandment of God, then the right can be enforced. The coast of Almighty God had been enlarged and His grace and mercy had been extended to all humanity on earth, the law of redemption is no longer only limited to the nation of Israel alone. 

“Now if the financial means of a stranger or temporary resident among you become sufficient, and your fellow countryman becomes poor in comparison to him and sells himself to the stranger who is living among you or to the descendants of the stranger’s family, then after he is sold he shall have the right of redemption. One of his relatives may redeem him: either his uncle or his uncle’s son may redeem him, or one of his blood relatives from his family may redeem him; or if he prospers, he may redeem himself.” (Leviticus 25:47-49AMP)  A poor person who was a free man before, but unfortunately found himself in a financial hardship, could sell himself as a slave to a prosperous stranger and a temporary resident in the nationality of the poor person and still retain his redemption right. In this self enslavement situation, the poor person can still redeem himself and be free if he becomes prosper again because he possesses the right of redemption. Monetary value was placed here to explain the helpless state of affairs of a sinful man. The scenario here described state of affairs of someone that was rich in faith, righteousness and holiness before but lost everything because he gave an occasion for spiritual error and as result become very poor in spirit as a result of his sins.  In infinite wisdom of God, He is using the earthly things common to man to lead us to the processes of our spiritual redemption. God is simply saying that hope is not lost if this individual can sum up courage and effect his right of redemption in repentance and plead for forgiveness from God Who forgives the sins of mankind. The Prodigal son did this and was not put to shame. When the Prodigal Son came to his senses, he said to himself, “… ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! ‘I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”’ “So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:17-20 AMP)

In verse 48-49 above, “… One of his relatives may redeem him: either his uncle or his uncle’s son may redeem him, or one of his blood relatives from his family may redeem him.” (Leviticus 25:48-49)  If the person in bond does not possess the resources to redeem himself, his relatives that have money may redeem him and shall become free.  This assisted form of redemption is not only applicable to redeem person in bondage alone. The same principle of redemption was also applicable in marriage in the olden days among the Israelites. Nearest kin that have the right of redemption can redeem. By redemption here, it means, if the husband of a wife of died and the wife did not have a child before her husband passed away, the near kinsman—blood related family—can then marry the widow in order that the generation of the deceased will not perish on earth. If the nearest kin cannot redeem, the right of redemption of the closest next-of-kin can be given up so that another person with less right can assume the full right of redemption. In the case of the redemption of Ruth after her husband passed away, “The closest relative (redeemer) said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, because [by marrying a Moabitess] I would jeopardize my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption (purchase) yourself, because I cannot redeem it.” (Ruth 4:6)

There is timeliness of redemption. The right of redemption for the housing property sold in a walled city is only valid for one year, if it is not redeemed within one year, the right is lost forever, and it becomes the property of the buyer permanently. “Likewise, if a man sells a dwelling house in a walled city, then his redemption right remains valid until a full year from its sale; his right of redemption lasts a full year. ‘But if it is not bought back for him within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city passes permanently to its purchaser throughout his generations; it does not revert in the jubilee. (Leviticus 25:29-30 AMP) A walled city is a highly secured city with precious properties.  The property in the walled city is termed choice property in terms of its beauty and the place it is situated.  Have we wondered why we have the series of law of redemption in the bible?  It is because we have something important, a precious inheritance hanging somewhere begging to be repossessed by the rightful owners. This is suggesting that our choice property is still in possession of the evil stranger called Satan the ruler of the worldly system. Our choice property in the walled city, which is the Kingdom of God is yet to be redeemed in our name.  There is proverbial one year timeliness of this redemption law which is the numbers of our years on earth that we have the opportunity to carry out the much-needed redemption of our precious inheritance in the Lord. Failure to act within the stipulated time may mean losing the right of redemption permanently as a result of death. We must take this timeliness into a serious consideration. “To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” (Hebrews 3:15) Our Redeemer is readily available.  The cost of redemption is enormous. It is the precious blood of the Son of God. We do not possess the spiritual resources to redeem ourselves.  “And they sang a new song [of glorious redemption], saying, “Worthy and deserving are You to take the scroll and to break its seals; for You were slain (sacrificed), and with Your blood You purchased people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9 AMP) Our kinsman, Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, Who possessed the right of our redemption had effected our redemption transaction processes on the Cross of Calvary. Even if you are a willing captive in any ensnaring situation of the worldly system you found yourself, perhaps in occultism bondage or evil gang, whatever may be the nature of your bondage or yoke, our Redeemer is alive. He had redeemed us, He is now eagerly waiting for us to come unto Him so that our name may be inserted in the title deed of our choice property, thereby making us to be the possessor of our inheritance in the choice city of the Kingdom of God. The Psalmist said, “I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.” (Psalm 119:60) I pray that God may endow us the grace to understand the principle of the message in this discussion so that we can make haste to possess our possession in the Lord.

Prayer: Oh Merciful Father, I do not possess the ability to redeem myself from the enslavement of my sinful bondage. The weight of my sinful nature is overwhelming. I come before your throne of grace today for the unmerited redemption. Let your precious shed blood atone for all my sins, and let the grace of your salvation through faith bring me to the fold of your redeemed family, in Jesus name, Amen.


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