Tag: Deuteronomy 24:19

The ‘Kinsman-redeemer’

Scripture reading for March 14: Ruth 1-4

“Who are you?” he asked.  “I am your servant Ruth,” she said.  “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.” (Ruth 3:9)

The story of Ruth is set in the time of Judges between 40-100 years before the time of David (1000 BC).  This simple story unfolds as a famine forces an Israelite family to leave Israel for Moab.  Elimelech, his wife Naomi, and their two sons, Mahlon and Kilion, move to Moab.   While there, Naomi’s husband dies. Both sons marry Moabite girls and then they die as well.  Naomi is left bitter and ready to return to her land and people. Naomi tells her Moabite daughters-in-law to go on back to their own people.  She is too old to have more sons for them to marry.  Orpah goes back, but  Ruth committed to follow Naomi and Naomi’s God until death!  What conviction and faith are exhibited by this descendant of Lot!

Ruth, a poor widow with only Naomi, an older widow, returns to Israel.  The law in Israel left the corners of the fields and the grain that was dropped for the orphan and widow. (Deuteronomy 24:19)  She would trust God for her provision.  God’s divine providence placed Ruth in the field of Boaz, a close relative of Naomi’s.  Boaz was also a descendant of Rahab, the harlot that hid the spies!  God’s favor guides these widows to find a place in God’s family again!

Boaz heard about Ruth’s humble service and showered her with favor and generosity. (Ruth 2:11-12) Naomi gave her instructions on how to approach Boaz and appeal to him for marriage covering as their “kinsman redeemer!” Boaz responded to Ruth’s humble appeal, purchased the field, and took her as his wife!  Both Boaz and Ruth are mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus Christ as grandparents of King David! (Matthew 1:5-6)

Jesus Christ is our “kinsman-redeemer”.  He is a “close relative” who has bought us back from slavery to a family of God.  Ruth is a type of Gentile bride for Jesus Christ.  Through this beautiful story, we get a glimpse into the heart of God!  Have you humbly appealed to Jesus to spread His covering over you?

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