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God Our Redeemer

A Message From Genesis

God Our Redeemer – A Message From Genesis


Redemption – this is such a powerful word and what God desires for each of us. Redemption is atoning for a fault, mistake or defect. It is deliverance, rescue. Every human soul cries out for redemption. Left by ourselves we mess things up. Our sinfulness gets in the way every time. Even when we try to fix our mess, it just gets bigger. We need a REDEEMER who is bigger than we are. That’s where Jesus comes in.

A Bible study I am in is studying the second half of Genesis. The word Redemption seems plastered all over the pages of those old testament stories. They are stories of people lying, stealing, deceiving, killing … and these are the people of God, the people who are the forefathers of our faith. AND YET GOD – in the midst of all the sinfulness and selfishness – worked out a plan that would lead to our complete redemption through Jesus.

These are just a few of the stories…

Abraham lied about who his wife Sarah was – twice. The second time he lied about her was after God promised they would have a son within the year. Sarah’s womb was open and Abraham’s lie led her right into the arms of another man. AND YET GOD intervened in a dream and Sarah emerged untainted by the ordeal. (Genesis 18:1-15, Genesis 20)

When Sarah heard the promise of a child being born to her in her old age, she laughed. AND YET GOD said in Hebrews that Sarah received the power to conceive because she “considered that the One who had promised was faithful.” (Genesis 18:1-15, Hebrews 11:11)

Jacob deceived his father Isaac to receive a blessing, AND YET GOD says in Hebrews that it was “by faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come” and not because Isaac was tricked into giving a blessing. (Genesis 27, Hebrews 11:20)

Leah was unloved by her husband. AND YET GOD gave her so many sons back to back that she was able to take her eyes off her relationship with her husband and praise the Lord. (Genesis 29:31-35)

Jacob’s father-in-law, Laban, changed Jacob’s wages 10 times. AND YET GOD caused the sheep and goats to be born speckled and spotted taking away Laban’s flock and herds to give them to Jacob. (Genesis 31)

Levi, along with his brother, murdered the men of an entire city to avenge their sister’s honor. Jacob, on his death bed, gave the pronouncement that Levi’s descendants would be scattered among his brothers – effectively limiting his inheritance. AND YET GOD turned that curse into a blessing when the tribe of Levi stood up for Him at Mount Sinai. God proclaimed that “Levi does not have a portion or inheritance like his brothers; the Lord is his inheritance.” (Genesis 34, Genesis 47:5-9, Exodus 32, Deuteronomy 10:8-9)

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. AND YET GOD used Joseph’s slavery for good and the “saving of many lives.” (Genesis 37:12-36, Genesis 50:15-21)

Joseph was propositioned and then accused of attempted rape by his master’s wife. AND YET GOD put Joseph in just the place he needed to be to get noticed by Pharaoh. (Genesis 39-41)

Tamar was prevented from having children so she pretended to be a prostitute and got pregnant by her father-in-law, Judah. AND YET GOD prophesied through Jacob that “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.” One of Tamar and Judah’s sons, Perez, is in the direct linage of King David, King Solomon, and JESUS – the King of Kings – OUR REDEEMER. (Genesis 38, Genesis 49:8-12, Matthew 1:1-17)

All of these men and women found themselves in situations that seemed less than ideal. Many of these individuals created the unfortunate situation themselves through sin and selfishness. AND YET GOD did not let the story end there. He took the bad story and put His spin on it. He REDEEMED it.

Reading through these tales of redemption gives me HOPE. Hope that God won’t leave me where I am. Hope that He is in the process right now of redeeming my own sin and failure. Hope that even when I’m faithless, He can still make me full of unwavering faith. It’s enough to make me want to break out into a rousing chorus of “My Redeemer Lives” by Nichole C Mullen. Feel free to press play on the video if you want to join me.

Our Redeemer Lives – and He is working in me and He is working in you, if you’ve allowed Him to.

I can’t end a post like this without two things…

The first is an invitation. Do you know our Redeemer, Jesus? Have you asked Him into your heart to lead and change you? If not, read through my Salvation post and allow God’s power transform you in a way you may have never thought possible.

The second is scripture that talks about our Redeemer. Feel free to grab any of these images, print them, put them on your bathroom mirror, your dashboard, your refrigerator … any place you need reminded that your Redeemer is working in you right now. Click on the picture to be taken to a post about that image with download links and a little description of where the picture was taken. May God bless you on your journey with Him.

Job 19:25 – But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. (NLT)

Psalm 103:3-4 – He forgives all your sin; He heals all your diseases. He redeems your life from the Pit; He crowns you with faithful love and compassion. (HCSB)

Ephesians 1:7-8a – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. (NIV)

Lamentations 3:57-58 – You come near when I call on You; You say: “Do not be afraid.” You defend my cause, Lord; You redeem my life. (HCSB)

Ephesians 1:7-8a – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. (NIV)

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