The word "redeem" is so beautiful and we rarely hear it or use in our culture. In the Old Testament there was a prophet named Hosea and one day God came to Hosea and said, “Hosea you have been single way too long and because I love you I have picked out a wife that will be perfect for you!” Hosea was overjoyed because he knew if God was picking his wife then she must be something. Hosea was told to go to the red light district and look on the corner and he would find his wife. Hosea rushed to the red light district and looked at each corner, but he is confused. To his surprise on each corner there was nothing but prostitutes. God then told him to go and marry Gomer (worst name ever) and because Hosea trusted God he did exactly what God said. He married her, they bought a house with a white picket fence and had 3 amazing kids, but the story doesn’t have a happy ending.
Hosea comes home one day and his wife is gone. He gets this knot in his stomach because this is the day that he has always dreaded. He goes down to the red-light district and he sees that his wife has returned to the lifestyle that he once freed her from. Hosea then has go to her pimp and buy her back so that he can return home with her. The word that Hosea uses to buy his wife back is redeem. Hosea has come to redeem his wife.
Jesus came to pay our debt, to take us out of the brothels that we keep returning to. His blood was the payment for our adulteries and his life was the down payment for our sin. We are redeemed and made beautiful because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. There is no greater picture or painting in the entire world than this.
Prayer: God help me to realize where I come from and where you have brought me out of. I praise you for redemption and how it is only found in Jesus. I pray that I will always be faithful and that I would never return or cheat on you again. Amen.
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, Lord,
like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.
But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”
So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.”
For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.