REDEEMER

  And now for the rest of the story of Ruth.  Remember, Naomi and Ruth, widowed by the death of their husbands, are back in Bethlehem.  Ruth is working in the field of Boaz, gathering the left over grain, to provide for she and Naomi.  Boaz is aware of her and knows of her kindness to Naomi.  Boaz is a relative of Naomi.  Boaz blesses Ruth with abundance of the harvest.
  Naomi becomes a match-maker seeking to get Ruth married to Boaz. She has Ruth to wash and perfume herself and dress in her very best clothes and go down to the threshing floor. Let Boaz finish eating and drinking and then watch were he lies down to sleep.  Ruth is to go and uncover his feet and lie down there.  Boaz is awakened in the night and sees this woman at his feet and asks, “Who is this woman?”  Ruth answers, “I am your servant Ruth, spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a KINSMAN (family) REDEEMER.”  What a forward way to propose on the part of Ruth and she does it with such humility, putting herself at the feet of Boaz.  Boaz accepts Ruth, as kindness to him, for she could have married a younger man.  He agrees to marry Ruth, but there is a problem.  The problem is, that there is an older family member who is in line ahead of Boaz. It is the right of this unnamed family member to make the choice to help carry on the line of Ruth’s deceased husband.  So, Boaz calls a meeting of this unnamed relative, with witnesses to decide, if he wants to carry on the line of Elimelech.  This includes purchase of a plot of land from Naomi.  This, the unnamed relative wants to do.  But, if you buy the land, you also must take the dead man’s widow, which is Ruth, to be his wife.  The unnamed relative does not wish to marry Ruth, so, he told Boaz, who is next in line, to buy the land and marry Ruth. This Boaz is happy to do and does.  The transaction was all done according to Jewish custom which legalized the matter.  Boaz marries Ruth and latter they have a son and named him Obed.  Obed marries and has a son, named Jesse.  Jesse marries and has a son, named Daivd.  Out of the line of David, the Messiah, Jesus is born.    

  I believe that this is why the story of Ruth is in the Bible.  It is not just a lovely love story. The heart of it is the family redeemer. Boaz is a picture of Jesus, who came to redeem us.
Romans 3:22-24 “Redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 1:7 “In Him, we have redemption, through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”
Colossians 1:14 “for He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Hebrews 9:12 “He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and caves; but He entered the most holy place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.”  

  We have a great family redeemer, JESUS.  With a Ruth like attitude, we lay ourselves at the feet of Jesus in humility, reverence, dependence and anticipation.  We offer ourselves to Him, asking Him to spread His garment (wings) over us and take us to be His Bride.

  “Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; Redeemed thro’ His infinite mercy, His child and forever, I am.” 

 

One Response to “REDEEMER”

  1. What a beautiful story Ruth is, in so many ways. As much as it makes us admire and respect Boaz, so much more should we admire, respect and worship Jesus. He is our kinsman redeemer. We could never repay Him for what He has done for us! I hope you and Joann have a safe and blessed week.

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