March 26, 2017

March 26, 2017

RUTH 1-4

Focus Verse: The closest relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, because I would jeopardize my own inheritance. Redeem it for yourself; you may have my right of redemption, for I cannot redeem it.”
Ruth 4:6


The massiveness of what Boaz does here in Ruth goes right over most of our heads. Unless we are familiar with the culture and laws of this day and age, we cannot understand the price Boaz pays to be with Ruth. The kinsman-redeemer took on the debt of the dead person and had the opportunity to buy their land. Since Naomi’s husband didn’t have any children left, this was a relatively good business deal because the land wouldn’t have to be passed down to anyone. In fact, when Boaz presents this opportunity to this relative, he initially accepts.


Then he throws Ruth and Naomi into the pot. Now Naomi would have to be cared for, she was too old to be married…still not a deal breaker. Then there was Ruth. A Moabitess. Bitterest of enemies with Israel. The kinsman-redeemer would have to marry her. And because there was no one else to carry on the family name, the kinsman-redeemer would have to have children with her and then, as if things weren’t already spiraling out of control enough, nothing you are getting out of the deal stays yours. It all gets passed down to the child you have with Ruth so that the name of her dead husband (who turned his back on Israel to move to Moab years ago) doesn’t die out.


Are you starting to understand why this closest relative gracefully bowed out.


And are you staring to see the parallels? Boaz got nothing out of this deal except Ruth. Back then, the family name was everything and Boaz was more or less laying his family name down to restore the name of someone who really did nothing to deserve being restored. Sound familiar?


Philippians 2:5-8 says it this way, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”


Boaz got nothing out of the deal but Ruth, and he though she was worth it.


Jesus got nothing out of His deal but you, and He thought you were worth it.


What a Savior!

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