3 Funerals and a wedding

The Book of Ruth begins with 3 funerals. A family devastated and destroyed. The book ends on a joyous note with the wedding of a widow and a rich man and the birth of the greatest king that the nation had ever seen.

Between the weeping of chapter 1 and the celebration in chapter 4 is the introduction of the person who made all the difference Boaz, the kinsman-redeemer.

The kinsman-redeemer is a male relative who, according to various laws of the Pentateuch, had the privilege or responsibility to act on behalf of a relative who was in trouble, danger, or need. The Hebrew term (go el) for kinsman-redeemer designates one who delivers or rescues (Genesis 48:16; Exodus 6:6) or redeems property or person (Leviticus 27:9–25, 25:47–55).

Virtues of a Kinsman redeemer

Relative to the redeemed

The Redeemer is allowed to act on behalf of a person, only if they are related to the person who requires redemption. Without a relationship, no redemption is allowed to take place

Christ who is our Redeemer is also kin to us. We have been brought into a relationship with the Father when we accept the free gift of salvation by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. Without a relationship with the son, we have no redemption.

Willing to redeem

The kinsman must be willing to redeem the person or property of the relative. He cannot be forced into redemption. It has to come voluntarily. When the relative of Naomi refused the offer to buy the land and redeem Ruth, Boaz who was next in line, volunteered to be the redeemer instead.

Our redemption from Christ comes not from obligation, but because He chose to lay his life down for us.

He volunteered to be the sacrificial lamb to be slain for our sins. It is by His choice that we have the opportunity of salvation.

No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” John 10:18

Paying the full price

Despite being a relative and willing to redeem, redemption is only possible if the full price can be paid by the kinsman-redeemer. Boaz paid the full price for Naomi's land deed.

Redemption is complete when the price is settled and paid in full. This is signified by the exchange of the sandals in the old testament times.

Christ paid for the full price on the cross. There was a spiritual exchange of us from death to life when His whole lifeblood was shed for us at Calvary. The guarantee for our redemption is the fact that all our debts were paid in full by the lamb of God.

who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:14
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace Ephesians 1:7
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