Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel!” Ruth 4:14 NKJV
There was a famine in Israel. A man named Elimelech, his wife Naomi, and their sons moved to Moab. His sons married Moabite girls. Elimelech and his sons died. The widow’s lives were shattered. Where would they go? What would they do?
Naomi decided to return to Israel. She told her daughters in law to return to their families. They wept. They wanted to remain with Naomi. She insisted. Naomi had nothing to offer them. Why should they suffer the same fate God determined for her?
The names of Naomi’s daughter in laws were Orpah and Ruth. Orpah went home to her family. Naomi and Ruth returned to Israel. God led Ruth to work in a field owned by a close relative. God gave Ruth favor. Boaz protected and provided for Naomi and Ruth.
In ancient Israel a male relative could redeem the inheritance of a person in poverty. He could also redeem a person sold into slavery. The kinsman often took the widow of a relative as his own wife. This close blood relative was known as a kinsman redeemer.
Boaz was wealthy. Ruth was virtuous. Boaz was reputable and highly esteemed by his people. Ruth was a woman of honorable character. This would seem to be a match made in heaven. But there was a closer blood relative with the first right to redeem.
The closer relative refused to redeem. Boaz redeemed and married Ruth. God blessed them with a son. Boaz was blessed with a virtuous wife. Ruth was rewarded for her faithfulness. Naomi’s life was renewed as she loved and cared for her grandson.
The child of this godly couple became the grandfather of king David. Our redeemer, the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ is of the line and lineage of David in His humanity!
I was saved, baptized and married in the spring when all things seem fresh and new. Resurrection Sunday is close at hand. And yet I am troubled in my spirit. I am keenly aware that this world is not my home. Where can I go? What can I do?
Jesus is closer than any blood relative could ever be. Jesus redeemed me. Jesus brought me into His family. I can run to Him. I can rest in the blessing of God’s great love today!
This world is not your home. Our Saviors return draws near. Creation will be redeemed and renewed. You will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams. Be honorable. Stay faithful. Jesus will deliver you from the trials and troubles of this fallen world.
Jesus bought us back at a price only He could pay. He is was and will always be closer to people who call on Him than any blood relative could ever be. Jesus is our kinsman redeemer. You can rest in the blessing of God’s great love for you today!
Are you lacking in spiritual resources? Are you in bondage to sin? Your redeemer lives. Call out to Jesus. He paid the price required to bring you back into His eternal family!
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