Summary: Following Naomi's advice, Ruth did 4 things to help put their lives back together. They are the same four things we must do to put our lives together after a major trial, struggle or catastrophe in our lives.
Now to fulfill the law of the kinsman-redeemer, if the man were not the immediate relative (i.e. her former husband’s brother), he could become the kinsman-redeemer on two conditions—
• If he were able
• If he were willing
Jesus Christ, our Kinsman-Redeemer, has met both of these conditions in redeeming us:
• First, He is ABLE
In fact, Christ is the only One in the universe who is able to redeem us, because He is sinless: Hebrews 7:26 tells us of Jesus – “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from …”
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
And Peter says in 1 Peter 2:22 – “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth”
Because of His sinless perfection Jesus was able to redeem us from sin.
That’s why we’re told in Hebrews 7:25 – “Wherefore he is ABLE also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him…”
So Jesus meets the first condition of a kinsman-redeemer—He’s ABLE to redeem us…
• But is Christ WILLING to redeem us?
Oh, is He ever!
In John 10:17-18 Jesus made that very clear when He said “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again…”
In Hebrews 12:2 we’re told these remarkable words: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who FOR THE JOY that was set before him endured the cross…”
And in 2 Peter 3:9 Peter says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Oh yes, Jesus is willing to save us.
So Jesus Christ is the right Person—the only Person—for us to dedicate our lives to because He loves us and is both willing and able to save us. If you want to put your life back together, you have to 1) have the right purpose—establish a deep relationship with God and 2) go to the right person— Jesus Christ.
III. THIRD, YOU NEED TO MAKE THE RIGHT PREPARATIONS.
Naomi told Ruth exactly how to prepare for her meeting with Boaz. Note verses 2-4: “And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor. 3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking. 4 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.”
This passage of Scripture is difficult for us to understand in our day.