Isaiah 43:1 NKJV But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.
“Fear Not! You are mine.” says the Lord. This statement has a lot of weight to it. Let’s unpack some of what this means.
Certainly it implies a sense of ownership. The Lord is telling His people that they belong to Him. More so He is telling the entire world, these people are mine so hands off. In calling us His the Lord is putting the entire universe including the enemy on notice that we belong to Him. Oh that the Church would boldly rise up whenever a circumstance tries to steal their God given blessings, “Get your hands off me, I belong to the most high God.”
One of the New Testament words translated Redeemed (exagoradzo) means to have been purchased from the slave market and then to be given ones freedom never to be bought or sold again (Gal 3:13). GLORY! That is what has happened to us. Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law and set us free to live our lives for Him.
Still there is at least one more idea that this word entails. The Hebrew word translated redeemed also implies FAMILY. Gâ’al (Gaw-al) refers to ones next of kin who would buy back a relatives property to make sure it stayed in the family. It is the same Hebrew word you see in Ruth chapter 4 when Boaz redeems the land that belonged to Naomi’s family and thusly required to marry Ruth the wife of Naomi’s eldest son. When God says, Fear Not for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are Mine. He is saying a lot more than just I bought you therefore I will protect you. He is saying, you are my family, I know you intimately, and we are one.
Let that sink in a little bit. From the beginning of time God has seen man as family. Even though the redemptive work of Christ didn’t occur for about another 800 years in the plan of God, He saw it as complete and done. The Creator was man’s closest “relative” (Let us make man in our image (Gen 1:26)) and planned to redeem His “Family” that had lost their inheritance and was sold into slavery to sin. Now each of us, through faith in Jesus can enter again into the family of God, and receive the Holy Spirit of Promise that confirms and attests to our birthright (Romans 8:15-16).
Fear Not God is your redeemer. You are His. He is yours. You are family. Rise up in faith and tell your circumstance or fear, “Get your hands off me. I am His. I’m a child of God, so you best watch out.”