September 3, 2018
Thank the Lord for the kinsman redeemer! Ruth, by faith, traveled to a land she didn't know, to a people she didn't know would accept her, with no money and with no visible signs of prosperity in her future. But thanks be to God that He had a plan and a purpose for her!
The story of Ruth is a beautiful example of God's redeeming nature. He came to save, not to condemn. And save anyone willing to believe. He did not turn away Ruth because she was a Moabitess but rather God grafted her into the lineage of King David and Jesus. Truly, God is no respecter of persons.
He looks at one's faith.
All of us can say that we were lost, we had no future and hell lay in wait. But Jesus reached out his hand to all sinners and bought us with a price. And that price was His blood!
Now our future contains life, unspeakable joy, glory, streets of gold, walls of jasper, no pain, no sorrow, no death. How blessed we are because of our kinsman redeemer, Jesus.
Boaz calls into judgment the next kinsman
1 Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.
2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.
3 And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech's:
4 And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.
5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.
6 And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.
7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.
8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.
Boaz buys the inheritance, and marries Ruth
9 And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi.
10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.
11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:
12 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.
She bears Obed, the grandfather of David
13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.
14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.
16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
18 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,
19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,
20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,
21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,
22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.
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Your blog has so much dynamic truth in it! We live in the dispensation of the gentiles and have always been taught we have ready access to the Lord. And we do!! But things were a bit different thousands of years ago. Ruth did not take access to holy things for granted."A humble and contrite heart I will in no wise turn away" is the Lord's attitude. Always has and always will be according to His mighty and merciful Word.
I love the story of Ruth because it reflects Gods grace and ability to work in and through the lives of ANYONE, no matter what his or her background may be. So thankful for the Blessed Kinsman Redeemer. Beautiful Bro Garrett.