“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”).”
Israel had statutes that provided for stability in society: regulation of debt, slavery, poverty, the transfer of property, and the preservation of families and clans. The story of Ruth is an example. When she found herself a young widow, one of her former husband’s relatives—Boaz, known as a kinsman-redeemer—stepped in to marry her and purchase her former father-in-law’s property.
When people found themselves in unfortunate circumstances, God provided ways of redemption—a way to be delivered from trouble through the extended family. That provision is fully manifested in the New Testament. Christians are adopted into God’s family (Romans 8:15-16), a family in which Jesus Christ is the firstborn Son (verse 29), and we are co-heirs with Him of all God’s promises (verse 17). When we found ourselves in trouble—guilty of sin—God sent His firstborn Son to redeem us and incorporate us into God’s family. Jesus Christ is our Kinsman-Redeemer.
Thank God today that, though you were once an orphan and cast out, you have been purchased by Christ’s blood and made an heir of God.
I know that my Redeemer lives! What joy the blest assurance gives!
1Today’s devotion is taken from Turning Point, Daily Devotions