Friday, May 27, 2016

Bought and Sold

Jdg 4:1  And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead.
Jdg 4:2  And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles.
Jdg 4:3  And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.

The children of Israel sinned first by not removing the inhabitants of the land that the LORD commanded them to do. Exposure to the lifestyle and gods of the pagans would draw them away from the service of the one true God. The children again did evil in the sight of the LORD and he sold them to a  captain of the Gentiles. What is interesting to me is that as a result of their evil ways that the LORD sold his covenant people for a time, because they broke their part of the covenant by not obeying the LORD. The concept is if a people does evil and God sees all, then they may be sold. We can only sell what we own. The LORD owns his people but if they turn to sin, then the devil has access to them. Even in a Christian, if we do evil and continue in it, you are allowing satan to own you and control you. If truly born again of God's Spirit, the conviction of the Holy Spirit will grieve you until you repent and return to the Lord. If we can be sold to the enemy, then we can be bought back with a price. That is what redemption is, buying back for a price. The price of sin is death.
Psa 25:22  Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles. 
Psa 49:15  But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

The Son of God without sin, Jesus, redeemed those who trust in him by dying on the cross and shedding his blood for our sins. He is risen from the grave to show us that in him is life. He will return for us so that we may be his redeemed chosen people forever, amen

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