No Longer Held Hostage


Day 1 – No longer held hostage


I’m pretty sure this is the name of a movie. If not, it really should be. Doesn’t it sound like “Ransomed: Now playing in theaters everywhere” goes well together? What would this movie be about? Take 30 seconds to let images come to your mind. Create tiny snippets of a screenplay. I’d be so curious to hear what you come up with.

It’s interesting to think about, but Biblically, the word ransom can get really interesting. Listen to this verse from the Psalms, 49:15 –

But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me.

Some Bibles translate the Hebrew, just as you see above…ransom. In other Bibles, the verse is translated like this –

But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me.

The same is true for our theme verse of the week, Isaiah 35:10-

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
Everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Say these two verses to yourself again, substituting the word redeemed for the word ransomed in each one. See how it works? It still certainly fits.

The Hebrew root for the word ransomed in both passages is padah, pronounced (paw-daw’)*. This root word can mean to redeem, to ransom, or to rescue, so you can see where the back and forth comes in. Hebrew isn’t cut and dry. There’s room for some wiggle.

Both redeemed and ransom have a price tag involved. Someone is going to pay something to get something back. They are both action words. These are verbs that bring someone back, make a situation right, remove a situation where something was once captive in some way.

So, what’s a girl to do when something like this isn’t clear at face value? I dug deeper into the Word, searching verse after verse after verse, and…I asked my husband. 🙂

Do you have someone in your life whom you can talk through questions, like this one? They may seem slightly meaningless. Ransomed, redeemed, whatever. Just pick one. Why does it matter? Questions like these, curiosity, wonder, pondering; This is where Faith meets conversation. Discussing the Word is never meaningless. Time spent trying to understand what God is trying to say to us is always, always beneficial, and you might be surprised how these small conversations can impact your day.

When I hear the word “ransomed” images of kidnappings, hostage situations, and terrorism come to mind. Not pleasant, but also not far off Biblically.

In ransoming someone, the emphasis is on bringing them out of something, rather than where they are going to. The emphasis is on the action- going in, rescuing, being delivered, that action that brings redemption.

Most importantly ransoming means getting someone out.

There is a desperation in ransoming.

Get out.

Get out now.

Get out for the sake of your very life.

In fact, one of the definitions of the Hebrew word padah is “by any means, redeem.”

Any means. Any means.

Turn to Isaiah 53. We’ll settle on verses 3-6 and 10-12, here. Feel free to read the chapter as a whole if you have your Bibles open.

He was despised and rejected by men;
    a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
    he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
    make many to be accounted righteous,
    and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
    and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Go back and highlight any action words in the verses above, or see some of them highlighted below.

laid on him (v.6)

oppressed, afflicted (v.7)

taken away, cut off (v.8)

his soul makes an offering for guilt (v.10)

anguish of his soul, bear their iniquities (v.11)

bore the sin of many (v. 12)

This is the language of ransom. Jesus was willing to bear the weight, to take any action necessary to save us. Any means necessary – for you. In Isaiah 53 we see it laid out in words 800 years prior to His incarnation, the actions that would be required of Him, the walk to the cross that would ransom each of our lives. Beautiful and remarkable.

What does He ransom us from? We’ll talk about this throughout the week. Here are a few verses to whet the appetite. Read each verse and see what God the Father has sent Jesus to ransom us from. Remember that your Bible may say redeemed for any given verse. Read each passage using the word ransomed for our purposes today.

Hosea 13:14 – We are ransomed from death, violence, and our enemies. When the world rages, we know that we have been ransomed. We will not be destroyed. Jesus brings us out of the violence of this world through the gift of eternity, and sometimes in the very real midst of it.

Job 6:23 – We are ransomed from people who are ruthless, from adversaries or those who antagonize us. Got anyone like that in your life? Any frenemies out there? Yuck. It’s good to know that Jesus doesn’t just care about enemies, but that He cares about those people who use us as targets, who are fake friends, and offer sugary sweetness while “keeping us in our place.”

Jeremiah 31:10-11 – We are ransomed from exile, from far off places, and strongholds. God brings us close to Him. He ransoms us from the people, places, and things that keep us from growing closer to Him, the roadblocks to belief, to faith, and to hope.

1 Peter 1:18-19 – We are ransomed from futile ways. Sometimes, we need saving from our own foolish selves. Sometimes we need saving from the generational sins that hold us captive and hold our families captive in destructive behaviors. Sometimes we need saving from sins that keep the devils thumb on us, holding us down, keeping us from growth.

He has brought us out. He has rescued us from whatever held us captive in the past and what we feel holds us captive now. By any means necessary, girls. He treasures you. He would not leave one behind.

You are ransomed.




What images come to mind when you hear the word ransom?

Who or what in your life has God brought you out of?

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13 thoughts on “No Longer Held Hostage”

  1. God knows just what I need to hear, and when I need to hear it. And you, Heidi, are being used to deliver the wonderful message! Today I copied down the verse from Hosea. Loved the translation. It brought out a whole new meaning to me. 🙂

  2. I love how you have fleshed this out for us Heidi! Thank you so much!!

    It makes the verses about how we despised Jesus even more poignant when we think about his desperation to save us while we were despising Him.

    I won’t be able to participate in the online chat. 🙁 We will be traveling on that day. I’ll catch you next time! 🙂

    1. Oh bummer, Steph! Next time. 🙂 Fleshing it out was so fun. I’m glad it was helpful. Every time I open the Word, I just sit in amazement!

  3. My child-like faith is going to show again. The imagine that comes to my mind when I picture ransomed is somewhat like the drawing you gave us today. I “see” an angel lifting us up and out of the muck and mire and carrying us away to a safe place.
    One of the times in my life, I know this happened without a doubt. My husband,one of our daughters and myself, were run off of an exit ramp on the highway. As we were pushed against the guardrail, I prayed “God be with us!” We barely scraped the guardrail and had come to a complete stop, after a few seconds our truck started rolling and rolling and rolling. When we stopped rolling, we were upside down, hanging in by our seatbelts and I said out loud “we are upside down” all of a sudden we were slowly turned over and we were all able to exit the truck. No one was near us, (there were folks on the highway who stopped to call 911 and some folks were on the other side of the fence on the service road, but none were physically by the truck) I know without a doubt God sent His angels to turn that truck over and I often believe the truck that was completely stopped, got rolled by another force, because had the three of us not been moved from where we stopped we could have been more severely injured or lost our earthly lives and it wasn’t God’s time for us, yet.

  4. Dear Heidi, the image that came to mind was someone being held against their will, abused and having been taken away.

    The Lord has brought me into His care, his family, where I belong, where I’m shown by example the way of Jesus. (The Way) he took me out of a destructive life where self loathing, desperation, darkness, anger ruled my life. No one to show me the way to abundant living in Jesus. I was lost but now I am found.

    The action is always God to us, how I desire everyone to see our Lord as the father who ran after the prodigal son.

    He is wanting to get everyone out of the mud. He has ransomed us all but many aren’t aware of it. We his children are being sent out to share with them, He is looking to get them out of the snare of the evil one.

    Lisa, I’ve sent out my Son Jesus to redeem you, I’ve done this because by all means possible I desire you to be safe, loved and with me for eternity. You are mine and I am yours, so by His actions he has redeemed you.

    Father, we pray bless and lead Heidi on, In your Sons Name. Amen!

    I love Jesus💓 God loves you👉🏻

  5. When I think of ransom, I think of payment by money or the action of taking someone’s place.

    In years past, God has brought me out of the depths of grief and us out of pain of struggle.

    What do you mean by “who” God has brought us out of?

    1. Good question, Miriam, the devil primarily, but difficult relationships that were unhealthy. It’s not a literal question, but more a metaphoric picture of what God brings us from to Himself.

  6. I see a rescue mission happening when I dwell the word ransom. The rescuer who is willing to put his life on the line and even face death to save the captive victim who is in a place of powerlessness. I am/was the powerless victim.

    I was severely mentally and emtionally abused and neglected by my parents. On the outside we looked like a “normal church going family.” I was the family scapegoat… The one used as the example.

    I have been working with a physicologist who is also a Pastor for the last 20 years. I was diagnosed with PTSD due to childhood abuse, some form of anxiety disorder and also functional depression. Fear, anger, bitterness and resentment prevailed in my life. When the diagnosis was made I felt relief because I had always thought I was crazy, I knew deep down inside something wasn’t right. I hated myself for the way I was but was powerless over it.

    Jesus is my knight in shining armor he rescued me. I always knew my eternal salvation was in him but I also learned he is my earthly savior. He has set me free from my past by showing me the truth,”the truth will set you free.” Bound up and healed my deep wounds along with healing my broken heart….”He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” Teaching me what it really means to forgive by his words on the cross…” forgive them for they know not what they do.” My parents have their own stories.

    Jesus came to earth on a mission to ransom the captive….me! I was a powerless victim of my sins and the affect of other’s sins done to me. Forgiveness is a journey sometimes and Jesus lived that journey all the way to the cross. He paid the price so he could be my knight in shining armor. He has delivered/healed me from my past. I am a survivor!!!!! Praise God from whom all Blessings flow…even the painful ones.

    1. Jesus’s work in ransoming sounds like it means so much to you because of your experiences. It’s amazing how His Word speaks to each of us in our own situations. Praising the Lord for bringing you out, Pam!

  7. I find such comfort knowing that we are ransomed from generational sin which can be a stronghold on so many families. What love God has for us saving us from ourselves!

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