Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment.[1] Exodus 6:6

In this verse we see the work of God over his people by bringing us out from under the burden of the world (Egypt). This is symbolic of salvation. However, we must understand that his works does not stop there. He delivers and redeems us. 

The word Deliver in this verse is the Hebrew word nāṣal meaning “The power of one entity overcoming the power of another.”[2] As you read the story of the children of Israel coming out of Egypt you realized that, even as thousands were a part of that exodus, only two, from that generation, entered the Promise Land (Joshua and Caleb). Many were saved, but their mindset was still in the ways of Egypt. Even as God overcame Egypt, many died in the desert because of their lack of trust in God. The promise land was there to conquered, but they could see beyond the giants and the challenges along the way. Perhaps many believers are dying without experiencing such deliverance.

The word redeem is the Hebrew word geʾûliym, meaning “To buy back from bondage. Theologically, this word is used to convey God’s redemption of individuals from spiritual death.”[3] Paul reminded us in First Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23 that we were bought with a price. That price is the blood of Jesus; in Ephesians 1:7 the Bible tells us, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,” (ESV) 

Redemption is yet another level of blessing available for the believer. This time is about getting back those things the devil stole from us. Again, many believers stay focus on salvation only, not realizing that they can trust God fully and not look back at Egypt (The world) and that God wants to bless them with redemption. God wants to restore those things the devil stole back to them. This the fullness of the gospel; the fullness of the good news; salvation is just the beginning; there is much more available for us… if we TRUST HIM; if in God we truly trust. 

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ex 6:6.

[2] Warren Baker and Eugene E. Carpenter, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2003), 749.

[3] Warren Baker and Eugene E. Carpenter, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament(Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2003), 176–177.

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