The Kinsman Redeemer

Q. Can you give references for the following statement from your Revelation 5 article? I am interested in searching further regarding it. “A son could redeem what his father had lost.” Could Seth have redeemed what Adam lost?

A. Leviticus 25:25 says that “If one of your countrymen becomes poor and sells some of his property, his nearest relative is to come and redeem what his countryman has sold.” This would normally be a father, son, or brother. Later, in Lev. 25:49 this list is expanded to include an uncle or cousin or any blood relative. The obligation fell to the closest kin who was capable.

In Adam’s case, none of his sons would have been capable because the redemption price to redeem Adam was the blood of a sinless man. Every son of Adam inherited a sin nature and was therefore disqualified from redeeming him.

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