Thursday, March 30, 2017

Blogging Through the Alphabet: K Is for Kinsman Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Welcome back for another installment of Blogging Through the Alphabet. I appreciate you stopping in to learn something new with me. This week's letter is K and we will be looking at the term Kinsman Redeemer.

Merriam-Webster defines Kinsman as a relative, specifically a male relative while the dictionary defines Redeemer as one who redeems, characteristically Jesus.

The term Kinsman Redeemer is defined as a male relative who had the responsibility to act for a relative who is in danger or in need of being vindicated. This form of Kinsman Redeemer is used only seven times in the NIV edition of the Bible. All of these occurrences can be found in the Book of Ruth. Another term synonymous with Kinsman Redeemer is avenger of blood. This term is used twelve times in the Bible. Both Kinsman Redeemer and avenger of blood are derived from the Hebrew word Ga'al. This word and its various forms can be found over 100 times in the Bible. The Hebrew form of Kinsman Redeemer refers to a male relative who delivers or rescues. (Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology)

Christ Redeemer Statue - Maratea, Italy

The concept of the Kinsman Redeemer arises from the covenant relationship God has with His people and further points to our redemption through Christ. (BibleGateway)

Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer. He is our male relative by blood. He came to rescue us, to vindicate us, to redeem us. He came to set right our wrongs.

"Yet their Redeemer is strong; the Lord Almighty is his name. He will vigorously defend their cause so that he may bring rest to their land..." - Jeremiah 50:34

"But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, 'Abba Father.' So you are no longer a slave, but God's child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir." - Galatians 4:4-7

Thank you for stopping by to see what the letter K had for us today. Please take a moment to stop by Blogging Through the Alphabet host sites A Net in Time and Hopkins Homeschool to see what letter K words they explored this week. Also, you can find additional links there to explore as well.

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