My Kinsman Redeemer
Whenever I think of the book of Ruth, three main characters will appear in my mind. They are Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. Naomi is a widow, whose two sons also later died in Moab. Ruth is the faithful daughter-in-law who sticks with Naomi even after her husband, Mahlon has died. Boaz is a close relative of Naomi’s husband, Elimelech. Boaz is the one who ultimately redeems Naomi’s family and also marries Ruth.
Boaz is more than just a relative who has redeemed Naomi and Ruth. He foreshadowed Jesus Christ. Let us unravel the characteristics of Boaz that show how he foreshadowed Jesus.
Ruth 2:5 (NKJV)
Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?”
Boaz was the one who first noticed Ruth in the field. Jesus first took notice of us before we even knew Him. In John 15:16, Jesus told His disciples, “You did not choose me, but I chose you…” Even before we were in our mother’s womb, God had already predestined and chosen us to be His children.
Ruth 2: 8, 9, 14 (NKJV)
8 Then Boaz said to Ruth, “… Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women.
9 Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.”
14 Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, “Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back.
Boaz sought to protect Ruth and provided for her. Being a foreign woman from the land of the enemy, Ruth might be easily bullied or taken advantage of by people. Boaz offered Ruth an environment where it was safe to glean to ensure her daily needs were provided for. Likewise, Jesus is our Protector and Provider. The blood of Jesus protects us. He knows our need and provides for us as we trust Him and work together with Him. In Christ we have more than enough. It is only in Him alone that we will be satisfied. A while back, I read an article which said that God created human beings with a desire for satisfaction, and this satisfaction can be fully and totally fulfilled by God and God alone.
Ruth 4:9 (NKJV)
And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, from the hand of Naomi.
Boaz, being Naomi’s relative, is known as her kinsman redeemer. He willingly bought over all that belongs to Naomi’s family. In order to be qualified as a kinsman redeemer, one would need to be free and not in debt. In the case of Jesus,He is our Kinsman Redeemer. He is the sinless and righteousness man who came to dwell among men. However because of His love for us, He willingly sacrificed His life at the Cross. He paid the price for our sins when He was crucified on the Cross. Because of Jesus, we can now be called righteous because He has washed away all our sins. When Jesus rose again on the third day He displayed His resurrection power that conquers all things, even death.
Indeed, Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer. And He has given us free will, to make a choice to submit to Him and to receive Him into our lives as our Redeemer who protects, provides and saves.
If you have yet to believe Jesus, I encourage you to take that step of faith to respond and receive Him as your Kinsman Redeemer. If you have already received Jesus, exercise your godly influence and lead someone to Christ. Share with others the Gospel of Good News, tell them that Jesus loves them and lead them to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Come, join me in this prayer.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for sending Your Son Jesus as my Kinsman Redeemer. I willingly obey and submit to You. I thank You that You are the One who redeems, protects and provides for me. Lord, I commit to exercise my godly influence to let others have the opportunity to know and receive You as their Lord and Savior. Thank You Father, in Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!”
Further study: Ruth 1-4