Summary: Even in discouraging times, God was and IS still unfolding His plan to bring redemption to the entire world through His Messiah! Naomi's realization of who Boaz is to them is not only a relief, but shows us God's spectacular plan to provide!
He’s Our Kinsman Redeemer
- So far we’ve seen a very interesting story develop in Ruth
-- We know there was a great famine and so Elimelek has moved his family
-- While they were in Moab, 3 out of 4 people have died in this family
- Ruth makes three promises to Naomi:
-- Where you go I will go and where you stay I will stay (Commitment)
-- Your people will be my people; your God will be my God (Public profession)
-- Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried (A promise to honor)
- Boaz’s response, in simplest terms, is one of great grace and mercy
-- I’ve heard about what you did for your M-I-L
-- I’ve heard that you’ve left your land to come here; leaving everything
-- And now, here you are working to provide for Naomi among strangers
- Ruth goes to work in a field owned by Boaz, belonging to the clan of Elimelek
-- When he meets Ruth, he puts a blessing on her for her faithfulness to Naomi
-- Ruth 2:12: “May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
- Boaz’s reference here is that may she be greatly protected by God forever
-- May God give to her complete wholeness in this life to satisfy her fully
- TRANS: Ruth’s response (Ruth 2:13) is one of complete awe for Boaz’s grace
-- APP: “I (Ruth) have nothing to offer, I am not even worthy to be a servant girl, and still you (Boaz) bless me and allow me to be protected by you.”
- Some might think this is a very short section to study, and I might agree
-- However, something amazing happens here that we need to understand
Read Ruth 2:18-23
∆ Point 1 – Ruth Reports Back
- Taking the barley she harvested, she heads back to town to see Naomi
-- Remember, she has harvested an ephah worth (or about 6 US gallons)
-- This will certainly provide them plenty to eat for next few months
- But, something else has happened that has Ruth’s attention
-- Not only has she gathered all this barley; but she has a protector
-- Naturally, Naomi has several questions as to what exactly happened (v19)
-- 1) “Where did you glean today?”
-- 2) “Where did you work?”
-- 3) “Blessed be the man who took notice of you!” (Read: “Who is it?!?”)
- Finally, Ruth reveals this man’s name, it was Boaz
-- For Naomi, this is the most spectacular news she has heard all day!!
- Her responses are joyous, and quite revealing of her own heart (v20)
-- 1) “God bless him (Boaz)”
-- 2) “He (God) has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.”
-- APP: “God is truly working in our lives now and blessing us!”
-- IMP: God has been working and blessing (chesed) constantly (see Ruth 1:8)
- 3) God has been blessing both the living (them) and the dead
-- The word dead is “Mahlon”, which is a name referring to sickness/illness
-- Meaning: God is STILL at work and God is still taking care of ALL!
- TRANS: Even with this news, there’s even MORE good news for them!
∆ Point 2 – Who is Boaz?
- Naomi’s final exclamation of who Boaz is … in a word …. JOYOUS! (v20)
-- That man is our relative; he is family … he can take care of us!
-- The phrase she uses is (NIV) “guardian-redeemer”
-- He is literally our “kinsman-redeemer” or in Hebrew, “go-el”
- Ruth would not have given this much thought, but it is critical for us to see
-- He is a man who is capable of redeeming not just us, but our family as well
-- God has given us someone in our life who can actually help us SURVIVE!
- What God has done here (go’el) is something I’d like to explore for a minute
-- Deut 25:5-10, “If brothers are living together and one of them dies without a son, his widow must not marry outside the family. Her husband’s brother shall take her and marry her and fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to her. The first son she bears shall carry on the name of the dead brother so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel. However, if a man does not want to marry his brother’s wife, she shall go to the elders at the town gate and say, “My husband’s brother refuses to carry on his brother’s name in Israel. He will not fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to me.” Then the elders of his town shall summon him and talk to him. If he persists in saying, “I do not want to marry her,” his brother’s widow shall go up to him in the presence of the elders, take off one of his sandals, spit in his face and say, “This is what is done to the man who will not build up his brother’s family line.” That man’s line shall be known in Israel as The Family of the Unsandaled.”