What a refreshing break from the battles and drama in Judges to be able to read the book of Ruth today!
How can we not be moved by the beautiful devotion of Ruth to her mother-in-law Naomi and the kindness of kinsman redeemer, Boaz?
Having lost a husband and her only two sons, Naomi finds Ruth to be a faithful daughter-in-law. She will leave her own country of Moab to follow Naomi back to her people in Judah.
At the time, Naomi’s attitude toward her losses leaves her feeling that God has dealt her a heavy blow. She decides she should be called Mara which in Hebrew means “bitter”.
Can anyone identify?
But there is this relative that is a kind older man named Boaz.
He allows Ruth to glean in his fields. She is grateful for his generosity.
Not only is he a kind relative, he is a kinsman redeemer!
This is a relative who delivers or rescues. They redeem property or person. Naomi and Ruth qualify as two women who need redeemed.
So do you and I.
We need rescued and delivered from sin.
The good news is that we can be! There is a redeemer!
We have been bought with a price by the one who gave His life as a ransom for ours.
The story of Ruth and Boaz is such a beautiful analogy of what Christ has done for us.
Boaz follows the customary process of the time to redeem Ruth and buys her husbands property and inherits her as a wife.
Ruth, the faithful Moabite and Boaz the kindly relative become one.
Ruth gives birth to a son, Naomi turns from bitterness to joyfulness and the lineage of this union produces the greatest redeemer of all…..
Jesus Christ, our kinsman redeemer! The ultimate fulfillment and provision for our greatest need.
Doesn’t God weave a great plan throughout history? Doesn’t He orchestrate the best happy endings?
“Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sister.” Hebrews 2:11