Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So Psalm 107:2
Posted by Job on May 21, 2007
Now “redeem” is one of those many Bible verses that has lost the power of its meaning in its current context. Today, “redeeming” something means exchanging it for something, as in “redeeming a coupon.” Or among Christians, it is one of the many religious terms that we assign meanings to using “context clues.” Some take it to mean a change in behavior or character for the positive, or going back and writing past wrongs. But I am here to tell you today, the word “redeem” meant to the writers of the Bible “to buy someone from slavery.” So, when a slave is redeemed he is free, and owes that freedom to his slave price being paid by his redeemer.
Now being a black man living in the American deep south, the heart of the old Confederacy and the over 200 years of slavery that preceded it, and still being surrounded by many references to “plantation” or “Gone With The Wind”, virtually everything being named after some Civil War hero, and the people still flying their Confederate battle flags and wearing the insignia (whom I do not begrudge or otherwise hold anything against), slavery has a real meaning to me, and causes a visceral reaction. Slaves were treated in the most abhorrant inhuman fashion; existing in and around death, pain, torture, and constant fear. A large percentage were literally worked to death by the age of thirty – five, with a great percentage of the rest succumbing to disease and malnutrition. Moreover, they could not go as they pleased or do as they wished, and everything that they created or produced was the property of their owner. A great many historians assert that slaveowners assumed credit for the inventions of their slaves, denying them not only the financial rewards but a legacy; a place in history. Indeed, this practice of robbing slaves of their achievements made it possible to claim that blacks were inherently intellectually inferior and therefore unworthy of educating (please remember that Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory not only promoted this, but gleefully anticipated the day when the black race would be extinct).
And that, people, describes what the sinner is not only to sin, but to Satan, “the enemy” given in Psalm 107:2. If you are in this state of utter depravity, you are a slave. Satan comes only to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10) , so he treats you in a most shameful manner, which leads to your spiritual death and destruction. And despite your best efforts, everything that you do and produce will be owned by sin and Satan, making it harmful and evil to yourself and all others. And the worst part is that you cannot leave. Of your own power and strength, you cannot escape the grip of sin and Satan that not only seeks to destroy you, but use your every word and action to destroy others, including those you love.
Now if you are still owned by sin and Satan, I urge you to quickly change that condition by following this salvation plan: (http://healthelandgeneraldocuments.wordpress.com/2007/04/13/the-three-step-salvation-plan/). Otherwise, if you have been bought with a price (I Corinthians 7:23, I Corinthians 6:20) then you should let people know! You should tell the world about it with your actions AND your words! You should preach the gospel!
If you have truly been set free, then you should be filled with joy over how you have passed from your slave state of having an evil master that wants to destroy you to having a loving Creator Elohim who will give you life and life more abundantly (John 10:10) from now until eternity. You should be filled with joy over how you have gone from being forced to give Satan everything without even knowing it so that he can use it for evil to giving God what you will out of a free choice so that He can use it for good (Romans 8:28, II Timothy 1:9) for everyone who is righteous. And your works for God will never be stolen from you or credited to someone else, but instead such spiritual treasures will be laid up for you in heaven (Matthew 6:19-20), where instead of being called a “savage” whose lifetime brutal subjugation was justified as some sort of favor, God will call you His faithful servant and say to you “well done” (Matthew 25:21). And yes, you have freedom of movement; to choose to serve and obey God fully – to love Him by keeping His Commandments – or to fall short of the mark (John 14:15). See, unlike Satan and his demons, God will NEVER deprive you of your free will. Even after you choose salvation through Jesus Christ, you still have to choose right from wrong; obedience from disobedience. Why? Because God loves you so much that He wants you to experience the even greater victory that comes from overcoming the world and your own nature; to do what Adam refused! Again, if you have truly experienced these things in your heart and life, you should tell everyone you meet out of gratitude for what God did for you as an act of praising Him, and also as a way of letting people that are still captive know that they can be set free also.
And there is another, bigger reason why you should say so if you have been redeemed. Again, buying someone from slavery is not done for free, and slaves are not cheap even in the natural realm where people eventually die! So how much more the cost in the spiritual realm where one exists forever! That is why the price of your redemption could not be mere trinkets of gold or silver. It could not be parcels of land, or the political decree of some state or king. It could not be the lives given through blood sacrifices of sheep or oxen. And it could not even be the the life of another human being! Why? Because all of those things are temporary. They will pass away. Remember, it is not your earthly body that was a slave to sin and Satan, though it certainly was used in service to sin and Satan. Were that the case, when your earthly body dies, your captivity is over; you are free! When you think about it, that really isn’t such a bad deal. Live fast, have a good time, die young, who cares? Even if you comport yourself in the most immoral, evil, and grotesque of fashions, there is no real punishment, right? Some would consider living a moral, restricted lifestyle the greatest punishment imaginable. So, for such a person, “the wages of sin being death” (Romans 6:23); they can handle that paycheck when it comes due.
Alas, but the debt is not natural that ends with life on earth, but it is a spiritual one that lasts forever, paid with eternal torment in unquenchable flame (Matthew 3:12, Luke 3:17)! So what was the price of your eternal redemption? Eternity! It was God Himself temporarily giving up His place in Heaven, eternity, to come to earth as a sinless man wrapped in temporary flesh, be nailed to a rugged cross, and experience death, even if only for a time. Only the earthly death of God, who is actually an eternal spirit (John 4:24) but was manifested in the flesh (John 1:14) for the purpose of our redemption alone, had a price high enough to buy us from slavery to sin and Satan and to set us free.
So if you have any concept of what it is like to be in eternity, away from the pain, misery, injustice, death, and sin that rules the earth, and leave it even for a time, then how can you not say what God did for you? If you have any concept of what it is like to take leave of your place on the right hand of the Father, to give up the privilege of being God in Heaven, to become a mere man, how can you not say what God did for you? And if you have any concept of what it was like for God to take on the sins of everyone who ever lived and ever will live and experience death, which only exists because sin came into the world, though He never sinned and could not sin, how can you not say what God did for you? And if you have any concept of what you gained when God overcame death and rose again, giving you the power to resist your natural desire to sin and reject God, how can you not say what God did for you?
People who are called by the Name of the One True Almighty God, if you had any idea of what your God did for you, then you would say so! And I dare propose that if you are not saying so, then it is almost certainly because it has not been fully worked in you. (Either that, or you are suffering from some sort of satanic oppression, and we are here to help you overcome that at firstname.lastname@example.org!) After all, many are called but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14)! Ponder upon the true meaning of that verse, and let it be the inspiration for you to start spreading the gospel today!
Father God in the Name of Jesus Christ, may those that have been bought by the Savior’s Blood from their sins and set free into righteousness and the Kingdom of Heaven by your power cast aside all doubt, fear, false doctrines, cultural attitudes, laws, and satanic oppressions to begin preaching the gospel to all men today!
The demon that works in this area is fear, making people afraid to preach the gospel because of the opposition and persecution that they know will result. Procrastination, complacency, and laziness also play roles. Worldliness is also a factor, preventing people from realizing and appreciating what God has truly done for them, and that means ungratefulness as well. Seflishness and hard – heartedness causes people to regard only their own fates and not care about others; pride, bitterness and hate actually causes people to WANT others to perish rather than be saved. False doctrine and false teaching hinders the speaking of the gospel as well. Low self – esteem and self – condemnation causes Christians to think that they are unqualified and unworthy to preach the gospel. And a great many other evil spirits such as greed, materialism/mammon, false burden, vain works/religiosity, fear of God, fear of hell, etc. keeps Christians so busy that they do not have time to be effective at sharing the gospel, and indeed from even thinking much about it. None of these evil spirits are any excuse for not regularly sharing the gospel not only with the unsaved but as a tool to encourage other Christians, so please the Basic Spiritual Warfare guide in order to oppose these spirits within yourself and the Body of Christ!