You might be thinking to yourself “Redeemed? What does that even mean?”
redeemed (past tense) · redeemed (past participle)
1) compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something).
“a disappointing debate redeemed only by an outstanding speech” · “the splendid views are the one redeeming feature of the center”
compensating · compensatory · extenuating · offsetting · qualifying · redemptive · extenuatory · save · compensate for the defects of · rescue · justify · vindicate
> (redeem oneself)
do something that compensates for poor past performance or behavior.
“they redeemed themselves in the playoffs by pushing the Detroit Red Wings to a seventh and deciding game”
vindicate · save/free from blame · absolve · remove guilt from
> (of a person) atone or make amends for (error or evil).
“the thief on the cross who by a single act redeemed a life of evil”
atone for · make amends for · make restitution for
> save (someone) from sin, error, or evil.
“he was a sinner, redeemed by the grace of God”
save · free/save/deliver from sin · turn from sin · convert · purge/absolve of sin
2) gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment.
“his best suit had been redeemed from the pawnbrokers”
retrieve · regain · recover · get back · reclaim · repossess · have something returned · rescue · buy back · repurchase
repay (a stock, bond, or other instrument) at the maturity date.
> exchange (a coupon, voucher, or trading stamp) for merchandise, a discount, or money.
exchange · give in exchange · swap · barter · cash in · convert · turn in · return · trade in
> pay the necessary money to clear (a debt).
“owners were unable to redeem their mortgages”
pay off · pay back · clear · discharge · square · honor · make good
buy the freedom of.
obtain the release of · exchange for a ransom · buy the freedom of · release · free · deliver · liberate · rescue · redeem · restore to freedom
fulfill or carry out (a pledge or promise).
“the party prepared to redeem the pledges of the past three years”
3) fulfill · carry out · discharge · make good · execute · keep · keep to · stick to · hold to · adhere to · abide by · heed · obey · be faithful to · honor · meet · satisfy
ORIGINDefinition from Bing
late Middle English (in the sense ‘buy back’): from Old French redimer or Latin redimere, from re- ‘back’ + emere ‘buy’.
You might be asking yourself “Why would I want or need to be redeemed?” We are all in need of redemption and if we don’t get it then we will need to deal with the consequences of our words, thoughts, actions, lives. Romans 3:23 says
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.—Romans 3:23
Romans 6:23 says
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.—Romans 6:23
Romans 5:8 says
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.—Romans 5:8
John 3:16 says
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.—John 3:16
John 14:6 says
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.—John 14:6
So you might be asking or wondering “how does this apply to me? what do I need to do?” The answer is Jesus. When you accept Jesus into your life He redeems you. He pays the price that we can’t afford. He makes a way when there didn’t and doesn’t seem to be a way. We are transformed into a new creation.
The thing is we all have freewill and we all have to make this decision for ourselves. And when you do, you will find that your life will be different. You will never again have to go through the troubles and the trials alone for His Word promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us. It doesn’t make the troubles or trials disappear but He helps us get over them, passed them, through them and be able to consider them pure joy when we are going through them because we know they are working in and through us so that in the end we will be complete and lacking nothing. In this world we will have troubles but we can take heart because we know that Jesus has overcome the world and so we can be overcomers through Him!
Before we jump into today’s reading let’s take a moment and allow a song to play and encourage us today.
Today’s reading begins with the last chapter of Leviticus, Leviticus 27.
‘The Lord said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. If anyone makes a special vow to dedicate someone to the Lord by paying the value of that person, here is the scale of values to be used. A man between the ages of twenty and sixty is valued at fifty shekels of silver, as measured by the sanctuary shekel. A woman of that age is valued at thirty shekels of silver. A boy between the ages of five and twenty is valued at twenty shekels of silver; a girl of that age is valued at ten shekels of silver. A boy between the ages of one month and five years is valued at five shekels of silver; a girl of that age is valued at three shekels of silver. A man older than sixty is valued at fifteen shekels of silver; a woman of that age is valued at ten shekels of silver. If you desire to make such a vow but cannot afford to pay the required amount, take the person to the priest. He will determine the amount for you to pay based on what you can afford. “If your vow involves giving an animal that is acceptable as an offering to the Lord , any gift to the Lord will be considered holy. You may not exchange or substitute it for another animal—neither a good animal for a bad one nor a bad animal for a good one. But if you do exchange one animal for another, then both the original animal and its substitute will be considered holy. If your vow involves an unclean animal—one that is not acceptable as an offering to the Lord —then you must bring the animal to the priest. He will assess its value, and his assessment will be final, whether high or low. If you want to buy back the animal, you must pay the value set by the priest, plus 20 percent. “If someone dedicates a house to the Lord , the priest will come to assess its value. The priest’s assessment will be final, whether high or low. If the person who dedicated the house wants to buy it back, he must pay the value set by the priest, plus 20 percent. Then the house will again be his. “If someone dedicates to the Lord a piece of his family property, its value will be assessed according to the amount of seed required to plant it—fifty shekels of silver for a field planted with five bushels of barley seed. If the field is dedicated to the Lord in the Year of Jubilee, then the entire assessment will apply. But if the field is dedicated after the Year of Jubilee, the priest will assess the land’s value in proportion to the number of years left until the next Year of Jubilee. Its assessed value is reduced each year. If the person who dedicated the field wants to buy it back, he must pay the value set by the priest, plus 20 percent. Then the field will again be legally his. But if he does not want to buy it back, and it is sold to someone else, the field can no longer be bought back. When the field is released in the Year of Jubilee, it will be holy, a field specially set apart for the Lord . It will become the property of the priests. “If someone dedicates to the Lord a field he has purchased but which is not part of his family property, the priest will assess its value based on the number of years left until the next Year of Jubilee. On that day he must give the assessed value of the land as a sacred donation to the Lord . In the Year of Jubilee the field must be returned to the person from whom he purchased it, the one who inherited it as family property. (All the payments must be measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel, which equals twenty gerahs.) “You may not dedicate a firstborn animal to the Lord , for the firstborn of your cattle, sheep, and goats already belong to him. However, you may buy back the firstborn of a ceremonially unclean animal by paying the priest’s assessment of its worth, plus 20 percent. If you do not buy it back, the priest will sell it at its assessed value. “However, anything specially set apart for the Lord —whether a person, an animal, or family property—must never be sold or bought back. Anything devoted in this way has been set apart as holy, and it belongs to the Lord . No person specially set apart for destruction may be bought back. Such a person must be put to death. “One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy. If you want to buy back the Lord ’s tenth of the grain or fruit, you must pay its value, plus 20 percent. Count off every tenth animal from your herds and flocks and set them apart for the Lord as holy. You may not pick and choose between good and bad animals, and you may not substitute one for another. But if you do exchange one animal for another, then both the original animal and its substitute will be considered holy and cannot be bought back.” These are the commands that the Lord gave through Moses on Mount Sinai for the Israelites.’—Leviticus 27
Today’s reading then brings us to the book of wisdom and knowledge first in Proverbs 25
‘These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah. It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them. No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth, or all that goes on in the king’s mind! Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith. Remove the wicked from the king’s court, and his reign will be made secure by justice. Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great. It’s better to wait for an invitation to the head table than to be sent away in public disgrace. Just because you’ve seen something, don’t be in a hurry to go to court. For what will you do in the end if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat? When arguing with your neighbor, don’t betray another person’s secret. Others may accuse you of gossip, and you will never regain your good reputation. Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket. To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry. Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer. They revive the spirit of their employer. A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain. Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can break bones. Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick! Don’t visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome. Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow. Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot. Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound. If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the Lord will reward you. As surely as a north wind brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger! It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home. Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty. If the godly give in to the wicked, it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring. It’s not good to eat too much honey, and it’s not good to seek honors for yourself. A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.’—Proverbs 25
and then in Proverbs 26
‘Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest. Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim. Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back! Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are. Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation. Trusting a fool to convey a message is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison! A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralyzed leg. Honoring a fool is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot. A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like a thorny branch brandished by a drunk. An employer who hires a fool or a bystander is like an archer who shoots at random. As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness. There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise. The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!” As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed. Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth. Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors. Interfering in someone else’s argument is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears. Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.” Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops. A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood. Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart. Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot. People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they’re deceiving you. They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils. While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, their wrongdoing will be exposed in public. If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead. A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattering words cause ruin.’—Proverbs 26
Today’s reading then brings us into the New Testament starting in Mark 14
‘They took Jesus to the high priest’s home where the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law had gathered. Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and went right into the high priest’s courtyard. There he sat with the guards, warming himself by the fire. Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find evidence against Jesus, so they could put him to death. But they couldn’t find any. Many false witnesses spoke against him, but they contradicted each other. Finally, some men stood up and gave this false testimony: “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this Temple made with human hands, and in three days I will build another, made without human hands.’” But even then they didn’t get their stories straight! Then the high priest stood up before the others and asked Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?” But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “ I Am .#14:62a Or The ‘I Am’ is here; or I am the Lord. See Exod 3:14. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand#14:62b Greek seated at the right hand of the power. See Ps 110:1. and coming on the clouds of heaven.#14:62c See Dan 7:13.” Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, “Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?” “Guilty!” they all cried. “He deserves to die!” Then some of them began to spit at him, and they blindfolded him and beat him with their fists. “Prophesy to us,” they jeered. And the guards slapped him as they took him away.’—Mark 14:53-65
and continuing into 2 Corinthians 8
‘Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do. So we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to return to you and encourage you to finish this ministry of giving. Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches. You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have. Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal. As the Scriptures say, “Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough.”’—2 Corinthians 8:1-15
As we meditate on God’s redemptive power let’s take hold of God’s Word and close with today’s psalm from Psalms As we meditate on God’s redemptive power let’s take hold of God’s Word and close with today’s psalm from Psalms 93.
‘The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. Your throne, O Lord , has stood from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past. The floods have risen up, O Lord . The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves. But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the Lord above is mightier than these! Your royal laws cannot be changed. Your reign, O Lord , is holy forever and ever.’—Psalms 93