Jesus, our Kinsman Redeemer


 

The story of Ruth is dynamic. Within the lines of the story is a truth that not only changed Ruth’s life but will change yours as well!

Ruth “happened” to go to work in a field that was owned by a man named Boaz. Ruth didn’t know who he was but Ruth’s mother in law, Naomi did know who Boaz was and she knew something else that ended up changing everything for Ruth and Naomi. Naomi, an Israelite knew about the role of the kinsman redeemer.

God through Moses had given to Israel a law which came to be known as the law of the kinsman redeemer. This law was intended to negate the destructive effects of being widowed, left without heirs and poor because of death. If a man died and was left without an heir his brother was to take his sister in law as his wife, support her and give her an heir which would succeed her husband and be heir to all that was the father’s. Failure to fulfill this role meant the abandonment of a family member, which brought great shame in Israel.

This law plays a tremendous role in the fulfillment of Ruth’s destiny, but it also plays a tremendous role in the fulfillment of yours.

The Word of God reveals the heart and will of God. The Word tells us of God’s remedy for destroying the lasting effects of death. The remedy is the law of the kinsman redeemer. It is not God’s will for a family member to be abandoned. Death is not to have lasting destructive effects. Knowing about this, Naomi told Ruth to take off her widow’s dress and go to the threshing floor and find Boaz. When Boaz lies down to rest, raise the mantle covering him, cover yourself with it and lay down at his feet. In the culture of those days, servants working with their master at the threshing floor would often lie down at the feet of the master and cover themselves with his mantle for protection from the cold.

In Israel, the mantle served a practical purpose in protecting the wearer from the elements. But, it also had a spiritual purpose in that a mantle represented the anointing, spiritual protection and calling of the wearer.

Ruth comes as a servant, trusting in the truth of the Word of God which reveals the heart and will of God, and covers herself with the mantle of the master. When Boaz awakens and wants to know who is lying at his feet, Ruth says:

“I am Ruth, your servant. Take me under your wing (mantle) for you are my kinsman redeemer.”

God intends for the law of the kinsman redeemer to serve as a law for us as well. God has given us the remedy that leads to redemption from the effects of the destruction of sin. The Word of God is the revelation of God’s heart. It reveals Jesus as our kinsman redeemer. Jesus, our kinsman redeemer will take those who approach Him as a lowly servant, having purchased them and their future by His blood – He will return them to the family of God and will release their inheritance and destiny!

The heart of God is seen in Boaz. He tells Ruth, “Blessed are you! I know your story! You did not run after the options of the world, but have remained faithful!”

“I will fulfill God’s purpose in your life!”

No matter who or what appears to have control of our destiny, Jesus will not rest until the law of the kinsman redeemer is fulfilled! Notice Ruth didn’t have to go to the gate to argue her case before the court. Neither do we. Jesus paid it all. We simply have to agree with His Word!

Now, let’s end where we began:

Matthew 1:1-6: The book of the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king.

Ruth was once considered destitute. But because of the kinsman redeemer, she ends up with restored inheritance and position! Because of Jesus, your Kinsman Redeemer, so can you!

 

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