Today’s Scripture: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Galatians 4:4-5

Often you will hear of someone who for one reason or another ends up with tens of thousands of dollars of medical bills. Other times, someone loses a job and finds that they are sinking deeper in debt every day. In the Old Testament, God provided for a way out of such situations. If a person was in debt or extreme poverty, he could sell himself into servitude to survive or pay off the debt.

But was that the end for that person? Were they stuck in bondage the rest of their life? In His goodness and mercy, God also provided a way for that person to be redeemed from their bondage. In our recent study of Ruth, we were introduced to the concept of the kinsman redeemer, who could redeem a person or their personal possessions.

There were three requirements of the kinsman redeemer, and the first was that he had to be a near kinsman, or close relative. In Ruth’s case, there was a closer relative than Boaz, but he relinquished his right to redeem Naomi’s property and to marry Ruth.

As sinners, we need a redeemer. We need a near kinsman to be able to redeem us out of the slave market of sin. Jesus Christ fulfilled that requirement. He came to this earth and was born of a woman. As someone who was fully man but still fully God, He made the payment for our sins that purchased our redemption. Thank Him today for that unspeakable gift!

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.