Redemption – A Story – Part 2

The Bible speaks of redemption in many ways.

This short study looks at four greek words, revealing the redemption provided by the Lord Jesus Christ. A short story has been supplied, in order to help us picture the word studies of redemption.

The four greek words are

  • Agorazo
  • Exagorazo
  • Lytroo
  • Peripoiesis

Each of these words will be addressed in the following posts, along with a story of Amicus, a slave in the first century, with no hope of a future. We will follow Amicus through his experience of redemption and see in his life, the life we have experienced.



Amicus – Part 2

Amicus resigned himself to the uncertainty, realizing that the little he had experienced under Mahlah was now in his past. As they crested the last hill prior to the entrance into the city, Amicus realized his agrarian life would now seem simple compared to the confusion and conflict of the city.

Mahlah handed Amicus off to the slave barter, and stood back, thinking of the ca-ching soon to be his. Amicus, on the other hand feared the worst.

The auction started and Amicus was near the last of the slaves to be sold off that day. Under the searing heat, Amicus watched how the other slaves had been sold off, and hauled off by thier new owners. Somehow, it was worse than he had feared. Maybe Mahlah had been a kind master after all.

Eventually, it was Amicus’s time to be auctioned off. Standing on the wooden box, with eyes of greed learing at him, he listened to the barker call off his worth. 400 denarii? 450 denarii? Finaly Amicus heard of his worth. 850 denarii. Much much more than he was worth Much more than any other of the other slaves. Who paid such a high valus for such a lowly slave?

One came up to Amicus, led him off the box, paid for his body and took him out of the market place.

One had exagorazo‘d Amicus.

Exagorazo

Paul again uses the term agorazo, but modifies it. We all recognize the “ex” attached to the front of our word. We see it on numerous english words like extinguish (put the fire out), or execute (take the life away). Most obvious is the term “exit”, simply meaning a way out. To exagorazo is to take out of the market place, to no longer reside in the market place.

Galatians 3:13
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”–

Christ’s work on the cross bought us, redeemed us, taking us out of the market place where the curse of the law ruled. We are free from the curse of the law

Galatians 4:5
to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Again Paul speaks of those redeemed as being removed from being under the law, for the purpose of a greater blessing. But I am getting ahead of myself

Ephesians 5:16
making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Colossians 4:5
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.

Making the best use of the time, to exagorazo time. Consider this concept. Why would Paul modify the term in relation to time?



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