Hope Notes–Ruth

Posted: July 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
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And the Spirit is speaking….He who has ears let him hear. An extension of the last blog topic.  Thanks to my good friend Kerri-ann  for sharing this.  God bless
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The Redeemer

“…then as surely as the Lord lives, I will redeem you myself! Now lie down here until morning. So Ruth lay at Boaz’s feet until morning…” -Ruth 3:13-14

    One of the best illustrations of God’s heart to redeem single parents is seen in the book of Ruth. Ruth is a young woman of Moab, a country outside of Israel, who met and married a Jewish man who had left Israel with his family to seek refuge in Moab during a time of severe famine in the land. Tragically, while in Moab Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi was widowed and then both of her sons also died, leaving her completely alone in a foreign land and leaving Ruth widowed as well.

    Even today, we can understand what an overwhelming loss that must have been for both of them. But on top of the grief of losing their loved ones, in that day there was no death benefits, no government assistance, no employment for women. The only security, or inheritance, families had was their land, which men had to work and which they passed down from generation to generation. As a widow in that culture, if you had no husband and no male children in the family to work the land and provide for you, you were left in an extremely vulnerable spot. Your only options were to remarry or become a prostitute. God understood this, which is why he established some specific guidelines for how the widows among his people were to be cared for.

    One of these provisions was the practice of having a “kinsman redeemer,” or the closest unmarried male relative of the lost husband to marry the widow to provide for her care, provide an heir and reestablish the lost inheritance. This lost inheritance could only be recovered by a qualified redeemer, someone who cared about what had been lost and wanted to do something about it, and who was willing to sacrificially pay the price of redemption.

    What does he redeem her from? A life that would continue down a road marked with loss, grief and despair without a protector, a provider, an advocate. This act of the redeemer stepping in to restore all that had been lost was not only a vital social welfare plan, but a foreshadowing of what Jesus would one day do for all of us on the cross.

    The kinsman-redeemer in this story is a relative of Naomi’s named Boaz. He was a rich landowner who offered Ruth protection and provision as she gathered grain in his fields. He was so kind to her that her mother-in-law eventually instructed Ruth to approach him one night and lay down at his feet, which would be interpreted as a request for his protection. The fact that Ruth had to take a risky step of obedience to come one-on-one to her “redeemer” in the middle of the night is no accident. Isn’t that how most of us come to Jesus? In the darkest hour, recognizing our desperation, we seek Him out and have that face to face encounter with him. We ask for His covering, His help, His protection.

    Like Boaz does to Ruth, Jesus covers us and tells us to stay under His protection. There is a reason for this. To experience the full redemption He has for us, it’s important that we spend time resting at His feet, that we wait on Him through the night and stick close enough to Him to hear what He tells us to do next. Ruth does this, and ends up not only marrying Boaz, but getting the highest honor of being grafted into the family line of Christ, the Redeemer of all redeemers.

  1. montwhit29 says:

    Great follow up, but I couldn’t like your post 😦

  2. Thanks Keish. Not sure why the like button isn’t working for you. Will have to look into it. God bless you and thank you for your supports as always.

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