July 7: Redemption and Spiritual Revival

When God says, “All flesh” that’s exactly what He means – ALL.  Every man, woman, and child.  Every Jew and every Gentile.  One day, one glorious day, “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of His glory and every knee will bow and tongue confess that He is Lord!”

Let’s consider two key Hebrew words in this passage which God uses to describe Himself.

Savior is the Hebrew word, מֹֽושִׁיעֵךְ (moshiach or messiah).  It comes from the root ישע (yasha`) that means “to make wide.”  Opposed to “being wide” are words like, “suffocated,”  restricted”, or in modern language, “being up tight.”  The connotation here is “having room to breathe.”  From this root we also get the word for savior and the Hebrew name Yeshua (Jesus). 

The second word that God uses to describe Himself is “Redeemer.”  The Hebrew word is גֹאֲלֵךְ that comes from the root גאל (ga’al).  The ga’al (goel in English) is the nearest kinsman who redeems – buys back- the one who is in need.

In other words, God says that HE is Israel’s Savior and HE will “buy” her redemption because HE is her closest relative.  Amazing isn’t it?!

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Isaiah 49:26c: All flesh shall know
that I, the Lord, am your Savior, 
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

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