My Musings – Redeem means to buy back, liberate or free a possession, object, or person, by the payment of a ransom. Biblically, the term redemption indicates a freeing from the slavery of sin, in exchange for the ransom price. Redeemer, is the one that pays the ransom (Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, 1988).
The ransom price must be of sufficient value to effect the exchange. Ironically, in our fallen state, we have no intrinsic value that would merit any ransom price. Yet Christ paid the ultimate price to redeem mankind. The priceless in exchange for the worthless. The ultimate in unmerited favor. Ever marvel at the love that had to be behind such a sacrifice? No wonder Job’s heart yearned within him.
My Advice – Our bargaining position is extremely weak. We have nothing of value to offer ourselves. Accept the ransom.