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Redeeming the Time

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:16 KJV).

A recent conversation with a friend about “redeeming the time because the days are evil” brought up more questions than answers about the meaning of that phrase. The rest of the verse speaks about walking prudently, being wise and knowing the will of the Lord.

Redeem

Padah is the Hebrew word for redemption and means to ‘deliver’ or ‘sever.’  When the Israelites were delivered AND severed from Egypt by God through the blood of the lamb, they became His firstborn and were to be His kingdom of priests.  However, because they did not completely SEVER themselves from Egypt and sinned with the golden calf, only the Levites became the priests.  The rest of the Israelites had to be redeemed or purchased from their service in the priesthood.  Each firstborn son was presented to the Lord 40 days after birth and redeemed by a payment to the priests (Exodus 13:15,  Numbers 18:16, Luke 2:27).

Lutroo from the Greek luo means to ‘redeem, loosen, to unbind or to set at liberty.’    From both the Hebrew and Greek, redemption can mean ‘to be purchased from slavery.’    The three most powerful redemptive accounts in Scripture are God redeeming Israel from Egypt, Boaz redeeming Naomi as her nearest relative, and Yeshua redeeming mankind from spiritual bondage to sin through his blood.

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Messiah, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

What is Time?

The Greek word kairos is translated ‘time’.   However, it does not mean length in minutes and seconds, but a fixed, definite time or an appointed time or season. In archery kairos refers to an opening or a long tunnel-like aperture through which an archer’s arrow has to pass.  This requires not only accuracy but the power to penetrate all the way through.

Appointed Times and Seasons

“…Be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2).

To be prepared in season means understanding God’s ‘appointed times.’  It is important to know the moed’im because they encompass His complete plan and will for Yeshua from redemption to glory.  As in archery, God’s appointed times are openings through which His plans and purposes are revealed with accurate, on the bullseye, timing.

In Matthew 26:18, Yeshua states, “My appointed time draws near.”  The Greek word for appointed time in this verse is kairos.    Yeshua is saying that the definitive moment for his death, burial and resurrection had arrived.   This moment was not some random point in time.  It was an ‘appointed time’ in the ‘appointed season’ of Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits.  Thus it was Adonai’s appointed time for the redemption of mankind from sin and its power as well as from the stronghold of the enemy.

“The wisdom (godly wisdom, which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) of the prudent is to understand his ways … (Proverbs 14:8 Amp.)

Out of Season

Another meaning of kairos involves the art of weaving.  There is a specific moment when a weaver must pull the yarn through a gap that opens briefly in the warp of the cloth being woven.  This use of kairos refers to a passing instant when an opening appears and the opportunity must be seized if success is to be achieved.

To be prepared  ‘out of season’ means as individuals we may be given specific times with others in these evil days.  These opportune moments are individual moments that come to us, perhaps when we least expect them, and we must make the most of the time given to us.  By using godly wisdom and insight into the ways and purposes of God’s will, we will walk, act, and speak prudently making the most of each opportunity for personal spiritual growth or  planting and watering another’s seed.

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have …”  (1 Peter 3:15 NIV).  

We are commanded to redeem the time from the days of evil by being wise and knowing the will of God through the works of Yeshua.   We are to sever ourselves from slavery to sin, unrighteousness and disobedience. Though the opportunities we are given may or may not come during the ‘appointed times’ of Elohim, we are to take the moment to walk in the wisdom of God and do His will in this evil world.

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