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own in another person of blood or affinity, or else is thy father's or thy mother's, thy brother's or thy sister's, thy son's or thy daughter's nakedness."[1]

There is justice in Taylor's remarks on the meaning of the words he quotes. Jesus Christ is our Redeemer, the Goel, near kinsman, (Levit. 25:49,) who redeems the forfeited inheritance. "We are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones," Ephes. 5:30. And what does this signify? Why, that Jesus Christ assumed human nature, and thus became our near kinsman; or, as the apostle says, "Forasmuch, then, as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who, through fear of death, were all their lifetime subject to bondage," Heb. 2:14.

Paul calls all the Israelites "his brethren, his kinsmen according to the flesh," Rom. 9:3; and what did he mean but that he and they were descended from the same patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?

  1. Duct. Dubit. pp. 230, 231.