As part of my continuing “Wonderful” series on the Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, here is today’s offering.
And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord. —Isaiah 59:20
When failure comes and disappointment, when thy soul has been defeated and the race seems hopeless, stop and think “thy Lord redeemed thee and at countless cost.” If He saw in thee that for which to pay His life, Himself, His all, is it not worth while to rise and try again, walking with Him and worshiping Him who redeemed thee?
[Taken from Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, by Charles E. Hurlburt and T. C. Horton. Copyright © 2002 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.]
“Who are you?” [Boaz] asked.
“I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.”
“The LORD bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier. You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.”—Ruth 3:9-10
Ruth was a widow who chose to remain with her mother-in-law, Naomi, when Naomi decided to return to her home town of Bethlehem after her husband died. Even though Naomi urged Ruth to stay with her own family, Ruth decided that it was more important for her to go with Naomi. “Where you go I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16).
I doubt we could find such loyalty today.
In Biblical times, a kinsman-redeemer was a relative who volunteered to take responsibility for the extended family. When a woman’s husband died, the law provided that she could marry a brother of her dead husband. Naomi had no more sons, but in such a case, the nearest relative to the deceased husband could become a kinsman-redeemer and marry the widow.
Boaz was a kinsman-redeemer of Ruth. They met when she asked permission to glean wheat and barley in his fields for herself and Naomi. Ruth found favor in Boaz’ eyes so he made the appropriate preparations to marry her. In this case, Boaz had to meet with a man who turned out to be a closer relative to Ruth than Boaz was. Boaz needed to ask permission of this relative for the right to marry Ruth.
When the relative agreed to Boaz’ request, the relative gave one of his sandals to Boaz: “(Now in earlier times in Israel, for the redemption and transfer of property to become final, one party took off his sandal and gave it to the other. This was the method of legalizing transactions in Israel)” (Ruth 4:7).
In effect, Boaz purchased the right to marry and care for Ruth.
Beloved, we have a Kinsman-Redeemer in Jesus Christ. Through His death at Calvary, He redeemed us from our sins by taking them on Himself. He thereby purchased our way to heaven to live with Him forever! His death and resurrection on our behalf paved the way for us to enjoy an eternal inheritance with Him.
Isn’t it amazing that God would go to such lengths to enable us to always be with Him? In exchange for Jesus Christ’s death on our behalf, we were made beneficiaries of His eternal promise of salvation. All we have to do to claim this promise is admit that we are sinners, believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He paid the price for our sins through His death and resurrection, and confess and repent of our sins and fully acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Lord of our lives. [You can read more about this here.]
And then live it out!
Our Kinsman-Redeemer lives! Let us always remember the huge price that was paid for our sins through the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. —Job 19:25