Messages From The Messiah
Redemption Study 1 : A Land and People Redeemed
Read Leviticus 25:8-55
1. What was the purpose of the “Year of Jubilee”?
2. To whom did the people and the land belong? (v 23 and 55)
3. What was the basis on which land could be bought and sold in the Promised Land? What did it mean to “redeem” it? (v 23-34)
4. How could a person become a slave? How could they be redeemed? (v35-55)
Read Exodus 6:6-8
5. How did God redeem His people from Egypt? Why?
6. What do the concepts of Redemption and Jubilee teach us about the nature of God and His relationship with His people?
Redemption Study 2 : The Coming of the Great Redeemer
Read Psalm 49:7-9 and 15 and Psalm 130
1. From what did God’s people expect redemption? On what basis?
Read Isaiah 35
2. This passage foretells the coming of the Lord to bring salvation. What else will He bring, and what should be the response of His people? (v4)
3. What will be the signs that the Lord has come to redeem His people? (v5-6)
4. How will the people of God respond to His coming?
Read Isaiah 49: 6-13
5. Passages like this one together formed a picture of the awaited “Anointed One”, the Messiah or the Christ. What kind of Messiah might the readers of these verses have expected? What would they expect Him to do for them?
6. How is the usual idea of a beloved King of Israel destroying the oppressive Gentiles turned on its head in verses 6 and 7?
7. What messages of hope were revealed to God’s people in these passages?
Redemption Study 3 : Jesus the Redeemer
Read Luke 2:25-38
1. In Jesus’ time many were looking forward to the redemption of God’s people. What did Simeon and Anna prophesy about the baby Jesus?
Read Luke 4:14-21
2. The Year of the Lord’s favor is the same as the year of Jubilee mentioned in the first study. How does Jesus define His ministry in terms of Isaiah’s prophecy?
Read Luke 24:1-3 and 13-35
3. What do the disciples say about Jesus as they walk on the road to Emmaus?
4. What had they hoped that Jesus would do?
5. How does Jesus go about explaining His mission to the disciples? Is it political or spiritual?
Read Romans 3:24; Galatians 3:13-14; Ephesians 1:7; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 9:12 and 1 Peter 1:18-20.
6. How has Jesus fulfilled the disciples’ hopes for redemption?
7. What will be the evidence for our redemption? (Read Galatians 5:1, 13 and 14) What marks a free person in Christ rather than a slave to sin?