God gave Israel an inheritance of some of His land. It was productive and permanent. They were never to sell it however when they did lose land through poverty, debt or bad circumstances, God had provided that a near relative could redeem them from their trouble or distress and redeem the family land at any time. “The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me. And in all the land of your possession, you shall grant redemption of the land. ‘If one of your brethren becomes poor, and has sold some of his possession, and if his redeeming relative comes to redeem it, then he may redeem what his brother sold.” Lev 25:23 -25
This meant that if any person lost their family inheritance, it could be redeemed and restored back to the original owner by the kinsmen Redeemer, or nearest relative. God also provided that if a married man died and the widow was left alone, the nearest kinsman was to marry her, to make sure she had the provision of bread and care. The Hebrew marriage covenant called the Ketubah, provided that the married woman never is left without support. Later this came to be clothes, a minimum of food and three pairs of shoes per year minimum!(Deuteronomy 25:5). God further declared that the nearest kinsman who had the resources to pay the debt was fully able to redeem a relative in debt (Leviticus 25:48). And finally, the redeemer had the right and responsibility to avenge the murder of a relative (Deuteronomy 19:11-12).
When Jesus came in the likeness of humanity, He became our closest relative or kinsman redeemer. As such He has the right to take back planet Earth for his family and redeem the lost Inheritance. Like Boaz, Jesus has redeemed mankind from bereavement and widowhood. Secondly, when the whole human race was cut off from our first husband and creator God because of sin, He has redeemed us and taken us as his own. In heavenly compassion, He has freed of our widowhood to join us to Himself. As our Heavenly groom, He provides new garments of righteousness, shoes of peace and promises to be our Bread of life. Thirdly, as Redeemer, He has paid the debt we could not pay and delivered us from slavery and finally as Redeemer he had the right to avenge us of our death and murder by defeating Satan the one who murdered us. (John 8:44)
The Lord’s Prayer is asking Father that we can live in Jesus’s full redemption.
Father let Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Mat 6:9-10). Father let me and my family live in our kingdom inheritance today on the earth. May we experience the fullness of what Jesus came to restore.
“Give us this day our daily bread” (Mat 6:11). Now that Jesus has become my bridegroom and my provider, I thank you, Father, for His abundant provision.
“And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors” (Mat 6:12). We are freed because Jesus has paid the original debt that mankind owed God, and our personal debts that we owe God every day, both of which we could never pay.
“And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one” (Mat 6:13). Jesus our avenger, has stepped in to be our protector and our deliverer. The murderer has been legally defeated so we resist the enemies we know about and ask God to protect us from those we cannot “see”.
Jesus our Redeemer. What a Husband! What a Brother! What a Saviour! What a Deliverer! Jesus became part of the human family so we could be part of His family.