Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Isaiah Day 193 - Never Alone, Never Abandoned


“For your husband is your Maker,
Whose name is the Lord of hosts;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel,
Who is called the God of all the earth.

Many years ago I had a woman in one of my churches that was abandoned by her husband. In her grief and despair she turned to the Lord and He revealed to her this verse. She clung to it like a drowning person clings to a life saver. What we fail to appreciate is the deep meaning in this one little verse. The culture in Isaiah's time was extremely patriarchal. Women were more like property than people. They could not own anything even though God tried to correct that foolishness way back in Moses' time. A girl was owned by her father. She was then sold to her husband. If he died there was a detailed process for how she became the responsibility of his nearest relative. This relative was called her kinsmen redeemer. If he refused to fulfill his duty a woman could quickly find herself destitute on a level that doesn't exist in our society. The book of Ruth is a beautiful story of how Boaz was willing to be Ruth's kinsman redeemer even though he wasn't directly responsible and she went from essentially dumpster diving to having a husband, a family, a home, stability, security, and eventually a mother of a child that became an ancestor of Jesus.

When Isaiah says the Lord is your husband and your redeemer the meaning is rich and deep. Think about it. Humanity is referred to as the bride of the Lord. Adam and Eve essentially had an affair and chose another lover. This new lover Satan talks a big game but knows nothing of love. He romances and then discards, leaving us with nothing.

Judah fell for the lies. She came to believe that happiness and fulfillment was found in greed and selfishness. Oppression and injustice became the norm and it was leading to bankruptcy of every kind, but they were not to despair. Destitute they would not remain. Their Kinsman Redeemer would come and come He did, while we were yet in the arms of our lying lover who knows nothing of love.

For God so loved the world that He sent His only Son. He is our husband. He is our Redeemer. We are not alone, not destitute, not abandoned. He loves us with an everlasting love. He rejoices over us with singing. He is our Lord and there is no other.

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