Tuesday, October 13, 2009

God: The redeemer of the oppressed

Right now, I am involved in a study of the Book of Job in the Old Testament. Specifically, I am at Chapter 19, and the last part of the chapter records Job's words regarding God as his redeemer.

While studying this passage, I came across this interesting information in a commentary I was reading:

"Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, God is often seen as ga'al, or the redeemer, of oppressed and weak peoples. For instance, in Proverbs 23:10-11, God's role is described in these words: 'Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender [ga'al] is strong; he will take up their cause against you.' In the Psalms, God is noted as the redeemer of those who die: 'Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems [ga'al] your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion' (Psalm 103:2-4)."

Just something to think about.

Source material: “Wisdom for the Walk: Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs” from David C. Cook Ministries

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