1Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
2But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
3Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
4But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Greetings to all:
I invite you to come and meet my Kinsman Redeemer
In the spirit of God’s love and by His grace this story burns in my soul to share.
Come listen whether you be a scholar or unschooled. Though you are of the Baha’i faith or Christian or Catholic. Although you would be a Jewish Rabbi, a devoted Hindu, perhaps a Sikh or maybe you come from a lineage devoted to Islam or you are a Buddhist monk. You say you are an Agnostic or perhaps a dyed in the wool Atheist. To you all I invite you to come and listen.
I testify that all of which I speak of here is witnessed in scripture. It is written:
Before He became the babe in the manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes, Jesus Christ, The Word that became flesh – existed before time as the visible image of God as he now does and will exist for eternity ahead. He is my Kinsman Redeemer.
Adam and Eve saw Him first and hid themselves from Him. Yes from the presence of the Lord God. God is a Spirit and no man has seen him. Who they saw was Him, my Kinsman Redeemer the VISIBLE IMAGE of God, Jesus Christ.
Abraham saw and honored my Kinsman Redeemer as the Lord, who came with the two angels. Shaken, Abraham bowed down and gave food and drink to Him and called my Kinsman Redeemer Yahweh, appearing as man. This includes the times Abraham also interacted with Jesus at Mount Moriah, the offering of Isaac, at the covenant made to change Abraham’s name.
Hagar, pregnant with her son Ishmael, alone and humiliated in the desert after suffering the abuse of abandonment from Abraham and Sarah, saw and received comfort from my Kinsman Redeemer. She called Him, God who sees because He not only knew her name, acknowledged her as a person instead of a slave, but He also cared for her, comforted her and gave her hope.
Balaam met my Kinsman Redeemer on the road riding upon his ass. The ass saw him first, standing in the way with sword drawn in his hand. After beating the ass three times, The Lord made the ass speak and then revealed himself to Balaam.
He was the man that Jacob wrestled with all night and would bless Jacob and change his name to Israel. Saying, “for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Jacob said this of my Kinsman Redeemer: “I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.”
Moses was called by my Kinsman Redeemer from the burning bush, saying, “Moses, Moses, …Here am I. . I am the God of they father the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. When Moses asked my Kinsman Redeemer what he should call him, God said, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” and over one thousand years later, my Kinsman Redeemer told the Pharisees, “Before Abraham was, I AM.”