My Lent Words 22: … and he pays the ransom

Pada means ‘exact payment’, or to pay the ransom price. It stresses the exact equivalence of the payment with what is required.

‘… a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness … But only the redeemed will walk there, and the ransomed of the Lord will return.’ (Isaiah 35:8-10)

In other words it is only a roadway for those who have had the price paid. The ransom was what you had to pay to avoid sacrificing your best animal.

‘Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem every firstborn among your sons.’ (Exodus 13:13)

‘Zion will be redeemed with justice, her penitent ones with righteousness.’ (Isaiah 1:27)

In the New Testament the words ‘redeemer’ or ‘ransom’ reflect one of these two Old Testament ideas: Christ died in our place – as a sacrifice, in a relationship.

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