“Boaz: The Kinsman-Redeemer”
Book of Ruth
The Book of Ruth is a love story about a foreign Moabite girl named Ruth and a “prince” named Boaz.
Ruth’s first husband died, leaving her penniless and without a protector. She resettled in Bethlehem with her mother-in-law Naomi. Ruth’s love for God and Naomi was evident; Ruth was called a “woman of noble character.” God drew Ruth to Bethlehem and specifically to a wealthy man named Boaz, who happened to be a close relative of Naomi. Ruth worked for food by gleaning the leftovers of wheat after it had been harvested. Providentially, Ruth ended up in the fields that belonged to Boaz, and she found favor in his eyes. Boaz blessed Ruth and took good care of her during the harvest. Boaz and Ruth fell in love. Boaz, who was an older gentleman, said to Ruth, “The Lord bless you, my daughter. This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier. You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask.” Boaz married Ruth and gave her his name and made her a co-heir to all of his estate. In a single moment, Ruth was transformed from a destitute woman to a co-heir with a prince. Their son, Obed, was in the genealogical line of Christ.
In this story, Boaz is the picture of Jesus, who is our kinsman-redeemer. We who draw near to Christ, not running after the lusts of this world, will become His bride. With that union, we receive all the rights and the privileges of being the bride of God’s Son, who is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Immediately, all of our debts and transgressions are cancelled. We receive the unfiltered love of God, our Father, and his Son, and ultimately, a mansion in glory and a crown of righteousness! Every spot and wrinkle will be made clean, and we will be the beautiful, radiant bride of Christ.
Fortunately, this love story that ends happily ever after
is no fairy tale.