Ruth 4 – Advent Week 4

KINSMAN REDEEMER

There are so many things we can glean from this chapter but what we need to look at is the way that Boaz approached what needed to be done and the excellent character of Ruth. He didn’t think of it as a WIIFM (what’s in it for me?”) He had a heart for the poor and we see that in how he responds to Ruth in chapters 2 and 3. From what we see he was a man of moral character. He was a cheerful and generous giver. He, without hesitation, entered into this contract and relationship with Ruth. The closest relative to them would not purchase the land and immediately changed his mind when he heard that Ruth was a part of the deal. Boaz was one who was selfless and kind. Boaz rested in the fact that honoring the Lord was more important than preserving his own name. He was more concerned with taking care of Namoi and Ruth and seeking to preserve the names of the dead husbands. This was not and is not normal then or in today’s time.

Ruth has also been through so very much. She was widowed, poor and a part of the cursed nation of Moab. Here are some interesting facts about Ruth. She was a Gentile convert, which fulfilled the Abrahamic promise. This makes King David, her great grandson. We see this is the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham in Genesis chapter 12. Ruth embodies the Proverbs 31 woman, a wife fit for a king! A woman of excellence, character, a hard
worker and loyal to her family. Even though she had been through so much, she did not sacrifice integrity or her character.

So Boaz purchases the land and marries this Moabite woman. Something interesting to note here, for 10 years Ruth was unable to conceive a child. The Lord steps back into the foreground of the story (vs 13) and gave her the ability to conceive a son. This son would be named “Obed” by those in the neighborhood. His name means “servant”. Naomi gives much praise to the Lord in verses 14-15 for the wonderful blessing she is holding in her arms. What a beautiful picture of rest we see from Naomi in verse 16 as she takes her precious grandson in her lap and becomes his nurse, which is what any Godly grandmother would do in that time. Surely tears of joy flowed from her eyes from of a place of fullness, after so much emptiness had been felt for so long. Naomi, the cursed Moabite woman is the great great grandmother of King David! God’s plan of redemption continues to unfold.

God provided a Kinsman-Redeemer in Boaz. Simply put, the KinsmanRedeemer is one who provides for the needs of someone who cannot care for themselves. Boaz isn’t just in the genealogy of Jesus as the grandfather of King David, he is the picture of our Kinsman-Redeemer, Jesus Christ, who bought us for Himself. He purchased a cursed people! He adopted us and lifted us from death to life and made us His bride. He lived the righteous life we never could and died the death that we deserve and showers us with the eternal blessing of being a people for His own possession. In Him we have obtained an inheritance as His children, to the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1).

Study Questions

  1. In noticing the characteristics of Boaz, what could we learn about how we treat those in our circles of influence as we are called to be like Christ?
  2. How do the stories of Ruth and Tamar relate and differ from one another? See Genesis 38:1-30
  3. Which character in this story could you most relate to and why?
  4. Remember that we as His children are all a part of His bigger  story and picture. Have there been moments where you have shied away from doing something, as “Mr. No Name” (Naomi and Ruth’s closest relative) did, for fear of how it will look? See Ruth 4:1-6.
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