When Ruth obeyed the counsel of her mother-in-law, she did nothing promiscuous. She sought salvation through submission to the one able to save her from a life without hope to a glorious hope. She sought Naomi’s kinsman redeemer for her own.
“And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her. And when Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.” Ruth 3:6,7.
According to the custom of the day, Ruth’s actions mirrored those of a servant relying on the complete mercy of the master. Boaz’ response reflects Israel’s Kinsman Redeemer who is our own.
Boaz Redeems Naomi through Ruth:
“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. 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.” Ruth 4:9,10.
Boaz, a near kinsman, proved able to pay the purchase price of redemption. He also showed himself willing to pay it.
God, our Maker, Redeems Israel and Us through Christ, the Holy One of Israel:
“Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.” Isaiah 54:4-8,17.
Christ Our Kinsman:
“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons…Gal. 4:4,5;
For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren…Heb. 2:11; For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Matt. 12:50.
Christ Our Purchase Price for Redemption:
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him…2Cor. 5:21;
But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens…Heb. 7:24-26;
For the wages of sin is death…” Rom. 6:23a.
Christ Our Willing Payment:
“As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father…John 10:15-18;
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13.
Our Response and Reward:
“And they sang a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation: and hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth…Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” Rev. 5:9-13.
May we, as Ruth, lay our lives at the Redeemer’s feet, follow him to the empty tomb and receive the sure hope of life everlasting. Our Bridegroom is coming.
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28.