Scripture Read: Ruth 3 - 4
Title: Ruth's Redemption
(H) Highlight verse: "'Also Ruth the Moabite, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brothers and from the gate of his native place. You are witnesses this day.'.. So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife ...'" Ruth 3:10, 13a
(E) Explain: In chapter three Naomi devises a plan to “set up” Ruth and Boaz. She tells her to wash up and get into her best outfit (so to speak) and when he lies down to bed, uncover his feet and sleep at his feet. Her hope is that he would accept the offer to be her kinsman redeemer. As Boaz goes to sleep and Ruth does as she’s told he asks her what she is doing. Basically she asks him if he would be the redeemer for the family. He tells her he will but the problem is there is a closer relative who can act as the redeemer and by rights he has the first choice.Boaz says that if the other relative will redeem her then good, but if not he will redeem her. He has a talk with the other relative and informs him that Naomi is selling her land and he has first options to buy it. He is willing to buy the land but unwilling to redeem Ruth so he gives the right of redemption to Boaz. The transaction is made and Boaz marries Ruth. They have a child together and his name is Obed. He is significant because he is the father of Jesse, who is the father of David was promised that the Messiah would come through his lineage.
(A) Application: Boaz is a type of Christ as he is the willing and able redeemer of one who is poor, widowed and abandoned. He is capable and willing to allow this person, who really didn’t have much of a future, and redeem her; to accept her into his family and take her as a wife. This is very similar to what Jesus came to do. He came to redeem those who are spiritually deprived and lost individuals of the world. He is the ultimate kinsman redeemer as he is the rightful, willing and able redeemer of those whom the Father has given to him. His way of paying the debt is through giving his life for the lost and dying on the cross so that those who believe may be redeemed through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Not only was Jesus willing to become our redeemer he was also able as he was the perfect and chosen redeemer of all humanity.
(R) Respond: Lord, your story of redemption is one of hope. I pray for the continual reminder that your sovereignty and redemption go hand in hand. You have a plan of redemption through Jesus and because of Him we are redeemed.
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