Following our discussion of the Jubilee Year, I mentioned that nowhere in the New Testament will you find the term “Kinsman Redeemer” being applied to Yeshua.
However, the term you will find in the New Testament is “redeemer”.
Here’s the thing and I’ve said this before.
The New Testament authors assume you are already aware of the nuances about these sort of things such as a Kinsman Redeemer because they are basic Torah topics.
The Torah is the only place you’re going to find an explanation outlining the credentials, qualities and duties of a Kinsman Redeemer.
We find that in perfect accordance with the Law of Moses, Yeshua fulfilled the requirements of a Kinsman Redeemer because FIRST, he was a kinsman and SECOND he had the means to pay the debt.
Now the key question we really need to answer here is WHO EXACTLY ARE YESHUA’S KINSMEN?
The answer I think is pretty simple and obvious.
Yeshua’s kinsmen are the Israelites, period.
There is only ONE physical people and nation on earth that Yeshua fully identified himself with:
THE HEBREW PEOPLE AND THE NATION OF ISRAEL.
Yeshua never and I mean NEVER presented himself as some kind of universal savior for all mankind.
He never made himself out to be some weird generic dude who represented all humans from every nation.
The truth is Yeshua was a dark, olive-skinned Semitic man.
He was born to a fully Jewish mother and we have Miriam’s genealogy as undeniable evidence proving this.
The only laws Yeshua followed were the Law of Moses and the traditions he participated in were all Jewish traditions.
The only God he worshipped was YHWH, the God of Israel.
In terms of ethnicity and national identity, Yeshua was a super Jew!
He was about as Jewish as it gets!
So again, who were Yeshua’s kinsmen?
The answer is Jews, plain and simple.
Well, actually to be more accurate, his kinsmen were the Israelites, God’s elect people.
Hence, it would logically follow, if Yeshua is indeed a Kinsmen Redeemer, then that means he can only redeem his kinsmen who are the Israelites.
I mean, DUH, is there anything clearer than this point?!
If that’s not the case, then he’s NOT a kinsman redeemer at all.
He would be a universal redeemer.
It’s common among gentile folks to spout maple syrupy platitudes like “Isn’t it wonderful that Yeshua saved all humans universally without exception or distinction” without realizing that such a notion is NOT substantiated by Scripture.
And keep in mind that I’m saying this as one who comes from gentile extraction (as far as I know) himself.
Let the TRUTH come out and let the doctrinal lies die and be buried deep at the bottom of the deepest ocean.
Did Yeshua come to redeem ALL humans universally minus exception or distinction?
Scripturally, the answer is NO.
Yeshua only saves those who TRUST IN HIM.
Leviticus 25 makes it clear that a Kinsman Redeemer CANNOT redeem a foreigner.
And throughout the whole Bible, a foreigner is defined as a non-Hebrew.
So if you’re a gentile, does this mean you’re doomed?
Fortunately, the answer to that question is also an affirmative NO.
I’ll start getting into this topic from my next post.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
Yeshua withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him,
crying out, “Lord, Son of David,have mercy on me!
My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
Yeshua did not answer a word.
So his disciples came to him and urged him,
“Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
The woman came and knelt before him.
“Lord, help me!” she said.
“It is not right to take the children’s bread
and toss it to the dogs.”
“Yes it is, Lord,” she said.
“Even the dogs eat the crumbs
that fall from their master’s table.”
Then Yeshua said to her,
“Woman, you have great faith!
Your request is granted.”
And her daughter was healed at that moment.