R is for Redeemer

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter R

If the letter Q had a shortage of names, R more than compensates!

Redeemer is a name of God.  The prophet Isaiah wrote the lovely words, “I know that my redeemer lives”.  A redeemer is someone who buys someone or something back.  In the Old Testament there were rules about who could redeem a piece of land.  The book of Ruth has only four chapters and tells a wonderful story of loss followed by redemption.  Have a look at it yourself – you won’t be disappointed if you do, but I will if you don’t!

Rabbi is a word for teacher.  People addressed Jesus as Rabbi as a mark of respect.

Resurrection is something Jesus claimed to be.  He said, “I am the resurrection and the life.”  John 11:25.  This is often used at the beginning of a funeral service.  Before his own resurrection from the dead, Jesus’ raising of three other people is reported in the gospels.  One was Jairus’ daughter Luke 8:40-56.  There was the widow’s son Luke 7:11-17.  Lazarus had been dead for four days.  John 11:38-44

Refuge is a word, which appears many times in the Old Testament.  Often it is in a statement of faith: The Lord is my refuge.  A refuge is a safe place to retreat to.

Rock is another word associated with God – something to build a safe place on, perhaps.  Psalm 94:22 includes both Refuge and Rock.

Righteous God is used more than once in the Bible.  Isaiah 45:21 is an example.

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