Not forgotten

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So much of childhood is wrapped up in our search for belonging. We want to belong in our families, from the oldest trying to please and excel to the middle child vying for attention, trying not to fade into the wallpaper, and the youngest putting out sparks of humor and zest to liven up the party. These are sweeping generalizations but at least they’re research-based generalizations, right? You or I may not “fit” the mold, but one thing our birth order tells us is that we all want to belong. We want to fit, even when we are trying ever so hard to be rogue. Developmentally, our parents approval meant the world to us growing up, even if they were MIA. Our siblings opinions also mattered, whether they understood it or not. Our teachers and peers and youth leaders, we wanted them to see us. We didn’t want to be forgettable. Who wants forgotten. We want to belong and to be remembered. It’s why infants cry to alert us to needs, preschoolers ask for bandaids every 47 seconds, and teenagers try out new outfits and attitudes daily. Even as adults we make drama where there’s peace, we try to buy the very best and newest stuff, and we add friend after friend to our Facebook feed…the task of being unforgettable is exhausting.

Today we find out the Jesus-truth on this matter.

We are never forgettable.

Open your Bibles to Isaiah 49:13-17 or read below.

Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
    break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people
    and will have compassion on his afflicted.

14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me;
    my Lord has forgotten me.”

15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
    that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
    yet I will not forget you.
16 Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
    your walls are continually before me.
17 Your builders make haste;
    your destroyers and those who laid you waste go out from you.

He can not forget. All this vying for attention in life is really a search for the One who can not forget us, even if He tried. The questions God asks of Israel here are hard,

“Can a woman forget her nursing child?” (v.15)

Some of us may say, “No, of course not!” Others of us may say, “My mom did.”

Can you see how life complicates our ability to see Truth? Maybe this knowledge can give us compassion for those who still wrestle and are disconnected to church or Faith.

God understands this complication. Listen again to the next Words from Isaiah 49:15 –

“Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”

God further drives home His promise in verse 16 –

“Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…”

God makes promises to the city, but you better believe that each of the residents of those walls heard the promise in it for their own lives. When siege laid waste and Babylon breaks through the city walls, terror and fear struck every heart and every family. Their city was destroyed, the temple, God’s dwelling place among them, destroyed. Each of those people needed to know, “I am not forgotten. My God is with me.” He was giving them something better – Redemption.

And He wrote the promise on His hands.

On His hands, He engraved our names, the name of His Church, His people. How could he forget?

Turn to Isaiah 63:9-16. Feel free to start at verse 7 if you have your Scriptures open.

In all their affliction he was afflicted,
    and the angel of his presence saved them;
in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
    he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

10 But they rebelled
    and grieved his Holy Spirit;
therefore he turned to be their enemy,
    and himself fought against them.
11 Then he remembered the days of old,
    of Moses and his people.
Where is he who brought them up out of the sea
    with the shepherds of his flock?
Where is he who put in the midst of them
    his Holy Spirit,
12 who caused his glorious arm
    to go at the right hand of Moses,
who divided the waters before them
    to make for himself an everlasting name,

who led them through the depths?
Like a horse in the desert,
    they did not stumble.
14 Like livestock that go down into the valley,
    the Spirit of the Lord gave them rest.
So you led your people,
    to make for yourself a glorious name.

Look down from heaven and see,
    from your holy and beautiful habitation.
Where are your zeal and your might?
    The stirring of your inner parts and your compassion
    are held back from me.
16 For you are our Father,
    though Abraham does not know us,
    and Israel does not acknowledge us;
you, O Lord, are our Father,
    our Redeemer from of old is your name.

Even when others fail to acknowledge us, God in Trinity remembers us.

Look back at the passage and look for the work of each member of the Trinity in our Redemption. I’ll highlight my vantage point below.

“You are our Father…”

There’s that familial language again. We need not look any further than to Our Father in Heaven to acknowledge us, to recognize us, to see us. As children and as adults we are not forgotten.

“In all their affliction, he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them…”

The Angel of the Lord is believed by Old Testament scholars to speak of God’s son before His incarnation. This is Jesus, plain and simple. He was afflicted for us. He saves us. He loves us. He looks upon us and redeems us.

“Where is he who put in the midst of them his Holy Spirit…”

God placed the Holy Spirit into our midst, into each of us. The Spirit’s work is connected to remembrance. The Spirit isn’t just for our remembrance of God, but His remembrance of us. God sees us through His Spirit now, in Jesus Christ. We are remembered as faithful children because of the Spirit’s faithfulness in us. We might grieve the Holy Spirit by our rebellion (v. 10), but that alone is a promise. God sees our rebellion because He sees us. Only in having our rebellion, our sin laid bare, can redemption enter in. Thank you, Holy Spirit for seeing all of me – and loving me anyway!

Great are His promises. Aren’t they remarkable? We are not forgotten. No matter what this life and this world may hold, our Redeemer of Old is bigger, is greater, is more steadfast. We want to leave a lasting mark in this life, we want to be remembered, and we do it in the only place that matters – on God’s hand – engraved on His hands and held by His Spirit.

You are not forgotten.

 

Exploration:

Sometimes I think we speak of the Trinity in vagueness, because it is a slightly vague and complex idea to us. Which person of the Trinity gives you comfort today – Father, Son, or Holy Spirit?

Who can you share the message of not forgotten with?

Written in Iron Ink

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What are some of your favorite ways in which God comes to you?

In our church body, we teach three particular ways, or means, in which God comes to us – through His Word (the Bible), in our baptisms, and in the Lord’s Supper.

Your belief system might be a touch different, but I doubt that it strays much from these three connectors. We need God like fish need water, more than that. Our deepest need in this life is for God. We will scramble any which way until our hearts settle in His arms. God, however, does not remain hidden. He has left these three precious things that are both physical and spiritual for one reason – to come to us. God loves worship. He loves praise. He loves His created things. But all of it is intended for connecting us with His Son, His promises, and His Salvation. When we understand that He comes in these three ways, according to His Word, then we are no longer searching and searching and searching. Instead, we know we have been found by Him.

If all of that last paragraph sounded like theological mumbo jumbo to you, just rest in this.

God comes.

God comes to you.

Let’s return to Isaiah 43 once again, and study this concept. Start by reading Isaiah 43:1 below. If you feel so led, write this verse out in a notebook, on scrap paper, on your shoe, wherever, to commit it deep into your heart.

But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.

God calls.

Note: God is the action taker. God is the seeker. He calls, we answer. Before you were born, He called you. Before your parents or your grandparents brought you to church or you, yourself, came to church, He called. Before baptism, before confirmation, before growth…He called you.

God calls you by your name.

Heidi, David, Macee, Jonah, Jyeva, Ezekiel

This is my family. Each with their own name. He didn’t just call each of us, He called us by our names. What is your name? Fill it in the space below.

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God calls you, He brings you into His redemptive plan, by this name. He writes this name in His Book of Life (Rev. 3:5) and on His heart. And guess what…He keeps writing.

The book of Job shares another way that God reveals Himself, by His Word, to those around us. Please read Job 19:23-24.

Oh that my words were written!
    Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
24 Oh that with an iron pen and lead
    they were engraved in the rock forever!

So, Job’s life, not so easy. The first part and the last part, pretty good. The middle was all kinds of gunky and hard. Loss, ongoing health problems, cruddy friends, embarrassment, marriage issues, the list goes on for our friend, Job. His physical, earthly problems bubbled up into a spiritual crisis. In the verses above, Job attests to what each of us would want in the same circumstance,

“If I am going to go through all of this, I want it to matter.”

Job cries out to God,

“Make it count! Don’t leave me here. Do something with this!” (Heidi’s personal paraphrase)

What Job wanted is what God indeed gives to each of us – a testimony of His work, written in Iron Ink.

Unerasable. Durable. Able to withstand the arguments and the questioning. Going out for generations to come- in our families, in our churches, in our communities.

Listen to Job’s testimony, written in the Iron Ink of Job 19:25-26:

For I know that my Redeemer lives,
    and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
    yet in my flesh I shall see God…

God comes to others through our testimony of Jesus Christ.

He reaches into this Word so that others can know of our great Redeemer. They will know Him by who we are and where we have been and the Word we share because of it.

Flip back to Isaiah 43. This time scroll down to verses 14 and 15 –

Thus says the Lord,
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“For your sake I send to Babylon
    and bring them all down as fugitives,
    even the Chaldeans, in the ships in which they rejoice.
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,
    the Creator of Israel, your King.”

Babylon is not a happy prophecy for Israel. Israel is about to have a Job moment. Right after the proclamation of grace in Isaiah 43:1, “I have called you by name, you are mine,” God brings hard news to His people. It’s about to get messy. Babylon is bondage. They will be sent far away, their nation destroyed, families split up, livelihoods decimated. Messy. But God’s message isn’t just “messy is coming,” It is –

I use the messy.

It is no mistake that God calls Himself Redeemer in this passage. You are mine, He says, when life comes at you, when you walk through the fire, when bondage overtakes you, people will see my redemption story. “For your sake,” (verse 14) “I send.” the Lord says, “So that I can redeem. So that they will know my redemption.”

We are iron ink. Every time we share His Word and His testimony on our lives, He comes.

He comes for you.

He comes for me.

He comes for them.

He comes. Redeemer, Holy One, Creator, King.

Watch Him write, girls. Watch Him write.

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Exploration:

What does it mean to you that God calls you by name?

Share with us the names of those you hold dear. This doesn’t have to be a complete list, but a way to celebrate that God calls them each by name,

What iron ink testimony is God writing in your life that shares His redemption with others? What Bible verses or passages speak His life into your story?

 

Redeemed Scripture Engagement Tool

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Name calling and the Gospel

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Name calling and the Gospel

There’s a fun place in Isaiah 41, where God uses a little name calling to get our attention. 😉 This verse sticks out as an oddity, so it just begs to be studied. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like a verse your would share for reaching someone with the love of Jesus. Many might consider it more than a hint offensive, but the redemption promise in it is so clear, we might be itching to share it by the end of the study.

Please read Isaiah 41:14-15 –

Fear not, you worm Jacob,
    you men of Israel!
I am the one who helps you, declares the Lord;
    your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
15 Behold, I make of you a threshing sledge,
    new, sharp, and having teeth;
you shall thresh the mountains and crush them,
    and you shall make the hills like chaff;

I don’t know about you, but I prefer not to think of myself as a worm. In fact, this is crazy counter-cultural. We like to think we are pretty good people. Ok, decent people. You know, average citizen kind of people.

The reality is that God’s honesty in this circumstance is our salvation.

Jacob was a worm. We are a worm. It is what it is. We stink it up. We put ourselves before other people. We hold our earthly treasures tight to our hearts. We disregard God on some level, daily. We consider ourselves in such a way that we push His Spirit further down, so we don’t have to listen to the Truth that shakes us to our core – we need Him. Without Him, we are dust, worms along the ground, here one day, dried up in the sunshine the next.

Paul, the apostle, missionary of the Early Church, dynamic speaker, teacher, and child of God, has something to say on the matter as well. Investigate the verses below –

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

1 Timothy 1:15-16

 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Romans 7:21,24-25

“…Of whom I am the foremost.”

“Who will rescue me…”

Just as Paul includes the answer to his questions in the concluding verses, so does Isaiah. Turn back to Isaiah 41:14, or read it here below, once more.

Fear not, you worm Jacob,
    you men of Israel!
I am the one who helps you, declares the Lord;
    your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.

Redemption is the answer, girls.

God gives us the Law. He doesn’t mess around with prettying it up. We are sinful. We need a Savior. And what He gives us in return is so much more, so much better.

We have a helper.

Christ, as our Redeemer, is also the help we need. What sweet Gospel Truth! I don’t know about you, but most days I need some help. I don’t need prettying it up. I need real and constant help- for myself, for my children, for my church, for my life.

Part of the Gospel of redemption is that He is here to help. Let’s let Him. Let’s turn to His Word and turn to prayer. Our salvation is 100% secure in Jesus Christ, we have nothing, absolutely nothing to fear. We can let Him root around a little in there and do His good work in complete assurance.

Verse 15 of Isaiah 41 tells us that when it’s the worm against the mountain of life, the worm in Christ wins.

My help is in the name of the Lord!

Psalm 124:8

Say it loud and strong. Call on Him with me.

My help is in the name of the Lord!

Father, we come to You. We give You thanks for Your Word and Your Truth. You have redeemed us. You have rescued us from the low place. You raise us up with Your Son. We trust in You. We honor You. We ask You to continue this work in our lives today and every day. Spirit, change our hearts, change our minds, change our lives as You draw us closer to the Father everyday. Thank you for seeing us, Lord. Thank you for being faithful, when we are not. Fill us with Your Grace, now and always. You are everything, Lord. Everything. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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Exploration:

What is one thing that you would like the Lord’s help with? (This could be related to yourself, your marriage, your friendships, your church, your community, anything!)

He is already there, sister, but let’s bring it before Him. Take a moment to pray for His help with this specific thing today.

Write Psalm 124:8 on a post-it or notecard, anywhere, today. Take a picture and share it with us here. Use the meme above and share it in your newsfeed. Share it wherever, with whomever. Rejoice! You are the face of Christ’s mercy to someone who needs to hear it today.

Creation, evolution, and redemption

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Every time I make dinner for my family, I feel a little attached to it. I drag all the ingredients out of the fridge, slightly begrudgingly. I clang around the pots and pans, setting them out on the stove. I lay veggies out on the counter. I start to chop and dice. I begin to see the colors and think on what spices I want to add. I hear the sizzle of oil as it starts to light up in my bright red dutch oven. I mix and I stir and I ponder and I create. I begin to get excited. I set out our eclectic collection of cloth napkins. I hustle and I invite to the table. We all sit down and then someone says it…

“Ugh, what’s this green stuff?”

“Why did you put onions in here?”

“Well, I’ll eat this part, but there is no way I’m eating that.”

But…but…but…I want to say, “I made that!!! I worked hard on that. That is my creation!”

This is God with us. He is maybe less of a giant baby about it, but He looks on us as more than a hastily thrown together sandwich. He made us with His own hands. He breathed His own breathe into us for life.

Read Genesis 2:5-7 below.

When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

We are a careful part of His creation. A thoughtful part of His creation.

This is an important concept as we dig into Redeemed. Let’s read Isaiah 44:21-24 and find out more about God’s thoughtfulness regarding His creation.

Remember these things, O Jacob,
    and Israel, for you are my servant;
I formed you; you are my servant;
    O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.
22 I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud
    and your sins like mist;
return to me, for I have redeemed you.

23 Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it;
    shout, O depths of the earth;
break forth into singing, O mountains,
    O forest, and every tree in it!
For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,
    and will be glorified in Israel.

24 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
    who formed you from the womb:
“I am the Lord, who made all things,
    who alone stretched out the heavens,
    who spread out the earth by myself…

Almost every single verse here has the concept of redeemed stated loud and clear. Underline each one, if you have your Bibles open.

The first time we hear it, in verse 22, God points back to the very beginning, to creation:

Return to me, for I have redeemed you.

Return to me recognizes that we were once in relationship with God to begin with. Verse 21 clarifies that relationship –

I formed you…you will not be forgotten by me.

God redeems us because He is our Father and our Maker.

The concept of evolution not only picks away at our value as the children of God, it messes with the concept of our redemption by God as well. Let’s see if we can see the creation and redemption connection in a fresh light.

In Isaiah 44:21-24 the same Hebrew root word is used in every reference to redemption – ga’al*. There are two Hebrew roots for redemption found in the Old Testament*, this word ga’al and another padah.

They both mean essentially the same thing – redeem, ransom, rescue, redemption price, buy back, etc. However, ga’al has one major difference…close relationship.
Ga’al has to do with the concept of kinsman-redeemer, which we’ll study later this week. What you need to know for now is that it is a relational word. It is redemption by a close relative, a kinsman, a family member.

Redemption in Isaiah 44 has to do closely with being redeemed by our Father God, by our brother Jesus, and not just a stranger. God wants to buy us back because we are part of His family, because He formed us and crafted every part of us.

Ephesians 2:10 starts to play in my head:

 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Glance back a few verses to Ephesians 2:4, and let it sit.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us…

You are redeemed because you were loved from the beginning. You are a work of art. God crafted your being, your DNA, your atoms and substance, your hair, your nails, your fingerprints. He birthed you and brought you into the light of day (Isaiah 44:24). Of course He’s going to redeem you!

Isaiah 44:23 is so full of joy that it bursts from the page.

Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it;
    shout, O depths of the earth;
break forth into singing, O mountains,
    O forest, and every tree in it!
For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,
    and will be glorified in Israel.

Why are the mountains, the forests, and every single tree singing? Because He created all of it. He wove each piece of this earth, fashioned each tall oak and every stout little flower. They are part of the redemption song. They sing Jesus’s praise every day. Why? If you read Isaiah 44 carefully, it’s not because of their restoration, which is to come, it is because Jacob, because God’s people have been redeemed. Wow!

Birds tweet a song – “You are redeemed.”
Mountains stand tall with joy – “You are redeemed.”
Trees sway and leaves rustle – “You are redeemed.”

Praises for His creation and the connection of His abiding Word from beginning to end. He does not leave us, nor forsake us, we will not be forgotten. We are His, in both creation, and redemption.

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Exploration:

Did you learn anything new about the difficult topics of creation and evolution today?

What have you learned that helps you to stand strong in God as creator? These might be Bible verses, a teachers influence, an experience, etc.

What is one of your favorite parts of His creation, beyond people, i.e. in the natural world?

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*The Lutheran Study Bible published by Concordia Publishing House

No Longer Held Hostage

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Day 1 – No longer held hostage

Ransomed.

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.

 

 

Exploration:

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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Ransomed Scripture Engagement Tool

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