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Blessed Are The Goels

4 Sep

Blessed Are The Goels…

In ancient Israel, there was the law of the “Goel.” If a woman found herself a widow, the brother or nearest relative of her deceased husband would or could marry her and redeem her husband’s line and the house.

He would be called the “Goel,” the “Kinsman Redeemer.” Because of the “Goel,” she would be able to have children, and her debts would be covered; her shame would be lifted up.

Psalm 103 says: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits.” In the fourth verse it says, “Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.”

But in the original Hebrew it doesn’t say exactly that. It says who “Goels you.” It is saying that God is your “goel;” your kinsman redeemer, the one who looks at your life.

He joins Himself to your life so your sorrows would be turned to joy, your shame would be lifted up, and your life would become fruitful. It means that you are no longer alone.

You are married. Because He is committed to you, He is now with you. He redeemed your life; He has “goeled” you.

But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name. Isaiah 63:16

Walk in boldness and strength today, bless the Lord, even in your valleys and sorrows; your Redeemer walks with you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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