The Redemption At Passover
by Lois Tverberg
theme of Passover is redemption, when God redeemed his people from
slavery from Egypt. We miss the full implications if we don't understand
the ancient meaning of that word. If a man fell into debt and went into
slavery, a kinsman would be needed to "buy" him back to freedom.
But once the man was redeemed by being "purchased", his relationship
to his redeemer changed. Now he was specifically bound to his redeemer,
and he became "his", only as a close family member, not as a
slave. As an example, when Boaz acted as kinsman redeemer to Ruth, she
became his wife (Ruth 4:9-10).
God is saying that He will redeem them as a kinsman would, and purchase them as His own people, forming a relationship so that they would be uniquely His, and He would be their God. This verse is recited every year at Passover to remember the relationship that God began with His people through His redemption.
Each of the four verbs God used in the promise above (bring out, deliver, redeem, and take) is related to one of the four cups of wine used in the Seder meal. The third cup of the Passover meal is called the Cup of Redemption, and was associated with God's promise, "I will redeem you". This is the cup that Jesus held up at the last Passover supper, and said was His blood shed to redeem us as His people, in a new covenant for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus is describing how through His atoning death, he has "purchased us", to set us free from slavery to sin and death. By this transaction, we have been brought into a new relationship with Him as His covenantal people. His disciples understood the magnitude of Jesus' redemptive "purchase" of us and expressed it this way:
Praise the Lord for the great purchase that He made 2000 years ago, when the cup of suffering became the cup of redemption, when He purchased us as His people. Whenever you think of His death and resurrection, remember that we are not our own, but we are His, bought with a price. That should make us eager to serve our resurrected King, Christ the Lord.
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