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KThe Hebrew word goel is translated as kinsman redeemer, deliverer, or rescuer. The principle of a kinsman redeemer runs throughout the Bible. The Law was very protective of the inherited lands of the various tribes and families of Israel. Every fifty years, during the year of Jubilee, property that had been leased or encumbered in any way reverted to the original owner. In addition, provision was made for a kinsman redeemer to bail out a near relative who had fallen on hard times.

If your brother becomes poor and sells part of his property, then his nearest redeemer shall come and redeem what his brother has sold.      Leviticus 25:25 

A beautiful story of love and redemption is told in the Book of Ruth. When two widows, Ruth and Naomi, were struggling simply to put food on their table, a close relative named Boaz stepped in and rescued them from their grief and struggle.

14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel!15 He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age.      Ruth 4:14-15a

In the Old Testament, God is portrayed many times as a Redeemer. He not only rescued the Israelites from the tyranny of the Egyptians, the-kinsman-redeemerbut He was also claimed by David as a personal redeemer.

Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment.      Exodus 6:6

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.      Psalm 19:14

In Job 19, Job lamented the fact that all his friends and family had turned against him in his time of need. However, in a great statement of faith, he talked about a Redeemer to come.

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.      Job 19:25

Like Ruth and Job, we sometimes feel weighed down by the circumstances of our lives, but like Ruth, we can celebrate, because God has not left us without a redeemer. The writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus calls His followers brothers. A brother is a close relative qualified to be a Kinsman Redeemer. Paul also tells us that redemption is offered through the grace and blood of Jesus.

For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source.That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers.     Hebrews 2:11

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.      Ephesians 1:7

Other names of God that begin with K are:

The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.      Psalm 121:5

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.      Zechariah 9:9

To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.      1 Timothy 1:17

Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory!      Psalm 24:10









Comments on: "A to Z Challenge–The Names of God—K is for Kinsman Redeemer | by Linda Brendle" (4)

  1. kinsman redeemer,how very similar are the characteristics to the one in Hindu scriptures Lord Krishna…Good god and both start with K 🙂

  2. Hi Linda. I loved your theme. In India they say there are 84,000 gods and one of them is Krishna. He was born in a place called Mathura – a place in between New Delhi and Agra (Taj Mahal).

    Mathura is my hometown too.

    Visit us sometime, http://sinhasat302.blogspot.in/

    • Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. The differences in beliefs in interesting. Christianity teaches there is one God and that the Bible uses many names and metaphors to describe Him. I’ve put your blog on my “to visit” list.

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