Summary: It is this word which describes Boaz that is at the center of the Book of Ruth and points directly to Jesus Christ which is the point of our time together today… Jesus Christ is our Kinsman-Redeemer.
BOOK OF RUTH:
“OUR KINSMAN REDEEMER”
The Book of Ruth in the Old Testament is one of my favorite books in the entire Bible. It is a short historical story with a simple divine plot which speaks directly to our lives today. I find the people to be real as well as their struggles. In the midst of the story of Ruth, we have something that directly points us to Jesus Christ which is spiritually invaluable.
The book of Ruth can be summed up by 10 key words which can help us understand the story of Ruth if we are not familiar with it. Because this is the third in our series of three messages on the Book of Ruth, I’d like to use these words to re-familiarize ourselves with the story rather than re-read the passages. One of these words is quite significant for us today:
Famine… the beginning of the hardship for mother-in-law Naomi and eventually what brought daughter-in-law Ruth into the story
Emptiness… Naomi’s life after the death of her family was marked with loss
Bitterness… the feeling of Naomi towards God at the loss of her husband and two sons in death
Kindness… the actions of Ruth in staying with her mother-in-law and going back to Bethlehem with her
Gleaning… Ruth was young and worked hard in picking up leftovers at harvest time in the fields so she and Naomi would survive
Blessed… Ruth is in the field of Boaz who is a good and Godly man, he protects her and provides a way for her to gather more than they need
Kinsman-Redeemer… Boaz is a close relative of Naomi’s husband who may be of help in their dire need
Redeem... Boaz can marry Ruth, buy back land, and make things right for Naomi and Ruth
Praise… God gets credit for all that He did in bringing Ruth and Boaz together
Renew…Naomi and Ruth both have a new life set before them drastically different than before and a baby is born which brings hope into their lives
Of all of these key words which summarize the Book of Ruth, the most important word is “kinsman redeemer.” It is this word which describes Boaz that is at the center of the Book of Ruth and points directly to Jesus Christ which is the point of our time together today… Jesus Christ is our Kinsman-Redeemer. The job of the “kinsman redeemer” is originally described in the Book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. This “kinsman redeemer” basically is a blood relative who can opt to help his family member when they get themselves into trouble and might do so at high personal cost.
I. REDEEM FROM BONDAGE
The first job given in the Old Testament for a kinsman redeemer is the job of buying back a relative who has gotten themselves sold into slavery. Selling oneself into slavery was a measure someone might take to pay off debts that were over their head. Now, in the story of Naomi and Ruth, there is no slavery… the circumstances for these two ladies has not reached such a dire circumstance just yet. They are in need, hungry, in debt, and the next step for them is perhaps slavery. What prevents bondage is Boaz.