For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.

Jeremiah 31:11

Any time I see the words “redeemed” and “ransomed” in the Bible, I sit up and take notice.  As the old song says, “we are redeemed, the price is paid; what a wonderful Saviour!”  I love writing about my Redeemer and I am daily thankful for the ransom that He gave for me.  I love the picture this verse paints of the Lord’s ransoming and redeeming us.  I know that, doctrinally, this passage is dealing with “Jacob,” or the nation of Israel.  But I think that a wonderful application can be made for us as Christians.

“For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob…”  He has redeemed me.  Has He redeemed you?  I have a general knowledge of the meaning of the word “redeemed”, but I looked it up in the dictionary, and what I read was a tremendous blessing:

1. to buy back
2. to free from what distresses or harms
3. to free from captivity by payment of ransom
4. to release from blame or debt
5. to free from the consequence of sin
6. to change for the better
7. to repair or restore

Think on those things and I think you will find yourself thanking the Lord and praising Him for “redeeming” you!  As I read those definitions in the dictionary, I began to realize what a perfect word “redemption” is for what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.  Every one of those definitions is a part of what salvation entails. 

We have been “bought back” by the Lord.  We have been freed from those things that could distress or harm us.  He has freed us from captivity.  He has released us from the consequence of our sin and freed us from a heavy burden and debt of sin that we could never hope to pay.  He has given us a new heart and changed us for the better.  All of these things come together in the simple word “redeemed!” 

This is actually not what I had intended to write about, so I will write about the second part of the verse tomorrow.  I will leave you with one more line from another old song: “redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!  Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!”  Amen.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben!!

    “We have been “bought back” by the Lord. We have been freed from those things that could distress or harm us. He has freed us from captivity. He has released us from the consequence of our sin and freed us from a heavy burden and debt of sin that we could never hope to pay. He has given us a new heart and changed us for the better. All of these things come together in the simple word “redeemed!” ”
    I’m glad you wrote this today! The story of redemption is a marvelously amazing one. Is it any wonder it ties back to Easter?

    Thanks again for sharing, Ben.



  2. P.S. … please attend to matters on right 🙂



  3. This is so beautiful! Thank you for looking it up and listing the meanings. My excitement kept building as I read down the list. For some reason today, to change for the better, to repair and restore really blessed me. God bless you and part 2 coming up!


    • I still can’t believe how much of a blessing I got just from looking something up in the dictionary! 🙂 It seems like every time I look at this list, a different definition jumped out at me. Thanks!


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