Summary: Boaz is a type of Christ, as the Kinsman redeemer. We are so encouraged about our Redeemer Jesus Christ through looking at Boaz in his providing for Naomi and Ruth.
Intro: when I think of something being redeemed I think of a pawn shop. Someone has gotten into a financial fix, gives something of value to the pawn shop, and comes back later to buy back their stuff. They redeem it. Something they owned had been lost, now they come to buy it back, to redeem it. That is the story of our lives, sin, and Jesus Christ our Redeemer. We were so valuable to God, he saw us and said we were good. But sin cost us our value to God, we were lost to God, but because of love, grace and mercy, God bought us back with redemption. Amazing Grace, we were bought with a price. Today we will look at the story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz, but first we will look at the scripture in Job that goes with this story.
I know My Redeemer Lives
One thing that is missing in our society is sin consciousness. Most people do not realize that sin has separated them from God. Job lived in a time where sin consciousness was very real. Even though he was a righteous man his friends stated that maybe he was being punished by God because of his sins. But Job could see farther than they could, and even though he knew sin had separated man from God, he knew there was a Redeemer for sin.
How is Boaz a type of Christ? In what he could do for Naomi and Ruth, Jesus Christ can do even more for every sinner who needs redemption.
I. No matter how long you have lost your place, the Redeemer can immediately restore everything back to you. Ruth 2:20-blessed be the Lord who has not left off his kindness--Naomi had lost everything to the point that her daughter in law was out gleaning the fields on the borders like the law provided for strangers, the poor, the disadvantaged.
a. Jesus is our Redeemer. No matter how long we have been out in the world, no matter how far we have drifted away, as the Redeemer, He has the ability to redeem. Where sin abounds, grace even abounds more. Boaz had the ability to load Ruth with blessings. When Naomi saw this, she said, the blessing of God is on our lives. Today we should bless the Lord because of the great redemption we have through Jesus Christ. You may have left the Lord for many years, He is still as close as the mention of His name. There may have been times in your life you have forgotten God, but God has never forgotten you.
II. No matter how much we have lost, the Redeemer can give it all back and more--4:9 You are witnesses today that I have bought all--in simple terms--Boaz had bought back everything that Naomi had lost.
1. we lost our inheritance, we lost our place with God, we lost eternal life, because of sin. Our Redeemer has bought it all back. You are bought with a price. That is why John the Baptist declares, here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Every thing we lost in the first Adam (Romans 5) we gain in the second Adam, Jesus Christ. The devil’s biggest lie is that God doesn’t have the ability to restore you. That you are too far away or done too many things. God’s grace is sufficient for you.