Who Is My Kith and Kin?

Let's begin with some entymology (study of word origins). We'll get to defining "kith," but let's start with the word "kin." Most people know that the word "kin" refers to blood relations and that it's a shortened and more contemporary version of the word kinsman. Both originate from an older, longer word, kinsmanship, that was used to describe the feelings that exist between two people who share some kind of bond. The word "kinship" and the word "kind" (as used in reference to a class or group: Genesis 1:11, 21, 24, 25, 6:20, 7:14) also derive from kinsmanship. In our English translations of the Bible we find the word kin used in several places in the Hebrew Old Testament (Leviticus 18:6, 20:19, 21:2, 25:25, 25:49, Ruth2:20, 2 Samuel 19:42). It is used only once in the New Testament, and that is by Jesus:

"But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house." (Mark 6:4)

The word kinsman is also used in the Old Testament (Numbers 5:8, 27:11), especially in the book of Ruth (Ruth 2:1, 3:12, 13, 4:1, 3, 6, 8, 14), and in the New Testament (John 18:26, Romans 16:11).

Jesus Is My Kin

Have you ever stopped to think that Jesus is your Kin? It is through kinship that inheritance is given and in Leviticus and Ruth we read of a Kinsman Redeemer – one who is able to redeem his relatives from the curse/mandates of the Law. Leviticus presents the legal requirements of this redemption

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