Ruth 4 Redeemer

Redeemer: person who brings goodness, honor, etc., to something again: a person who redeems something (Mariam Webster Dictionary)

Read Ruth 4 :1-6

The City Gate acted as a town hall and a court which could have been an open space or a building of some sort. Boaz knew that the man who should have redeemed Ruth would come by that way and so he waited for the man to come by. When Boaz saw him he called several of the elders and witnesses to listen in on the conversation so that what took place would be an official transaction and not just word of mouth.

The man(whose name was not given) was willing to buy the land but then Boaz reminds him about the Moabite woman named Ruth.  He would have to marry her and not only that then the land he was buying would go to her sons and be in the name of Elimelech her deceased husband and his family. The man had nothing to gain by marrying Ruth and everything to loose including financial gain as well as being associated with a Moabite. I believe Boaz was purposefully giving all the negative attributes about the deal so that he could marry Ruth himself.

1)   The Redeemer came to make you His own

Boaz had to go and redeem Ruth from the other man first before he could take her to be his own. This clearly represents what God did for us through His work on the cross.  God became a man to meet the one who technically owned us to redeem us.  Our society does not believe that we belong to Satan because we tend to view ourselves as good people and not sinners.  Many in our  society, and many church going people, do not believe Satan exist but Jesus did so if you are his follower then you need to as well.

Until we accept the free gift of Jesus Christ we are owned by the devil. The Devil has the rights to us and unfortunately many people do not believe it.

1 John 3:10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (See Also John 8:44)

Boaz told the Kinsmen there are only two possibilities for Ruth either he marries her or Boaz will take her.  The question was not if Ruth will be married but who would be the one to marry her.

John 1:11-13 He came to his own,[b] and his own people[c] did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Ruth became part of the Children of Israel not by birth or by works but because Boaz paid for her. We come into the Family of God simply by allowing Jesus to redeem us which He did on the cross.  Ruth in chapter 3 let Boaz know that she would like to belong to him and he did the rest. For us to be redeemed by Jesus we simply have to let Him know that we would like for Him to take us for His own.  Only God can redeem you and just like Ruth you cannot redeem yourself. It did not matter how good of a person Ruth was or how many kind acts she did for her mother in law. The only way that Ruth could be redeemed was to be purchased.

2)   The Redeemer will take you as you are

Boaz wanted Ruth and he was willing to sacrifice whatever he had to in order to get her. Boaz did not care that Ruth was a Moabite woman or what gods she worshiped before coming to Bethlehem. His love for her was not based on what she was or on what she had done and Boaz was willing to take her just the way she was.

Romans 5:6-8For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us

Too many people think they need to change to be accepted by Christ. You cannot do anything to earn His love because He just wants to know that you are interested in Him and He will do the rest. A True redeemer will always restore you to the place of honor which means they know that you are not there yet. This is what made Jesus so attractive to those who felt like they did not have a chance with God because Jesus was telling them about the free gift of salvation. (Romans 6:23: Ephesians 2:8-9)

What made Jesus attractive to those who knew they had sinned beyond repair is what also made Him unattractive to those who thought they were good enough to earn Heaven on their own works. When you think that you can earn your own way into Heaven then what Jesus Christ has done for you is unattractive. This part of Christianity drives some people crazy because we cannot understand how the worse person in the world could still be forgiven for all of their atrocities to mankind. On the Cross Jesus looked at a man who was a murderer and said “Today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43) for no other reason than the man confessed that Jesus Christ was Lord.

Romans 10:9-13 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

The Thief on the cross did nothing but believe that Jesus truly was God in the flesh who came to die for our sins and without being able to do any good works he was forever accepted into Gods presence.

Ruth 4:7-12

3)   The Redeemer will pay the price to purchase you

When the other man starting seeing how much this was going to cost him he was glad that Boaz was willing to take her. The other man knew he had a spiritual obligation but he did not want to sacrifice his own comfort in order to fulfill it. Jesus was willing to pay the full price to redeem us and Jesus gave up His own life in order to get us back.

1 Corinthians 7:23-24 You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants[e] of men. 24 So, brothers,[f] in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.

“Whatever condition you were in when you were called” means that some were worse off than others but all had to be redeemed. The person who did not seem to do too much wrong or the worse person in the world you can think of all have to be redeemed. There was a legal binding agreement that Boaz had to fulfill in order to redeem Ruth and there is a legal binding agreement that Jesus fulfilled for us.

We read about the customs of removing a sandal and giving it to one another and we think of how strange that is for them to finish a transaction in that manner. People are equally perplexed that one man (Jesus, God in the flesh) could pay for all the sins of mankind. Many cannot accept Jesus Christ as their Redeemer because they cannot accept that they do not have to earn their own salvation.

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

4)   The Redeemer will declare you in front of others

Boaz declared in front of everyone that Ruth was now his. Boaz made a public profession of his intent to marry Ruth and then he carried it out. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Redeemer then it is like being engaged. We make it known that we are going to be married. The Bible describes the end times as a wedding feast. (See Matthew 22) One day Jesus will come back and He will do what He promised us He said He would do and that is take us with Him where we will live forever.

People were witnesses to the transaction that took place between Boaz and the other man and what we declare before others shows what we believe about Jesus Christ.

Matthew 10:31-33 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Can you imagine a married man who would never talk about his wife? You would not say he really loved her if when she walked in the room he would not acknowledge her.

The Author of Ruth was indicating to everyone that Boaz was helping a helpless Ruth who would not survive on her own. The Parallel with God is clear in the Jewish mind that God is the one who is redeeming us back to Himself.

“…What reading did the author put on this act of redemption by Boaz? Did he realize that if a mere man, a creature of God, could behave in the manner described, and had indeed by his action exhibited the power to redeem and outcast and bring her into fellowship with the living God, then two things could be said of the Creator of Boaz? (1) God must feel at least as compassionate towards all the Ruth’s of Moab and of Babylon and every other land as His creature Boaz felt towards Ruth; (2) God must actually be a God of redemption, with the desire and power to redeem all outcasts into fellowship with Himself” (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, Judges and Ruth, PG 310, Cundall and Morris)

The story ends with a marriage ceremony and Ruth being named in the family Tree of King David which means she was in the line of Jesus. They have a baby together and all the pain and suffering that was experienced is forgotten by the birth of a son. One day the pain and heartache we walk through on this earth will be forgotten when we go to live with our Redeemer for all of eternity. (Revelation 21:4)

The Bible calls us the Bride of Christ and one day we will have this ceremony with Christ but for now, as a Bride would prepare herself for a wedding, so we should prepare ourselves for Christ.

The definition of Redeemer was to bring goodness to something again. We lost our goodness when Adam and Eve sinned but in Christ we are declared Righteous and Saints. If you have not given your life to Christ then you need to simply cry out to the one who can redeem you.  God is in the business of redeeming people back to Himself and you just need to let Him know that you want to be redeemed and to give your life to Him.

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