Verse 24. And hath redeemed us from our enemies. Israel's enemies brought the people low; but the Lord intervened, and turned the tables by a great redemption. The expression implies that they had become like slaves, and were not set free without price and power; for they needed to be "redeemed." In our case the redemption which is in Christ Jesus is an eminent reason for giving thanks unto the Lord. Sin is our enemy, and we are redeemed from it by the atoning blood; Satan is our enemy, and we are redeemed from him by the Redeemer's power; the world is our enemy, and we are redeemed from it by the Holy Spirit. We are ransomed, let us enjoy our liberty; Christ has wrought our redemption, let us praise his name.
For his mercy endureth for ever. Even to redemption by the death of his Son did divine mercy stretch itself. What more can be desired? What more can be imagined? Many waters could not quench love, neither could the floods drown it.
E'en to death upon the tree
Mercy dureth faithfully.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 24. And. If the end of one mercy were not the beginning of another, we were undone. --Philip Henry, 1631-1696.
Verse 24. And hath redeemed us. Or, broken us off, pulled us away, as by violence; for they would never else have loosed us. --John Trapp.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
Verse 24. Our enemies, our accomplished redemption, the author of it, and his reason for effecting it.
Verse 24. The multiplied redemptions of the Christian life, and their inexhaustible spring. - -W.B.H.