Key Verse: “The Lord bless him!’ Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. ‘He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.’ She added, ‘That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.” Ruth 2:20
We can sometimes approach the story of Ruth like a romance, but this book as much to teach us. The story of Ruth begins with death. Elimelek and his two sons died leaving Naomi and her two Moabite daughters-in-law, (Orpah and the other Ruth) hungry and desperate. Naomi sets out to return to her home in Bethlehem and tells Orpah and Ruth to return to their own land to find another husband. Ruth refuse and travels back to Bethlehem with her mother-in-law.
Naomi sends Ruth out to picking up leftover grain from behind the harvesters so they can have something to eat. As it happens, Ruth gleans in a field belonging to a man by the name of Boaz, who is a relative of Naomi and from the clan of her late husband Elimilek. Desperate and searching for food, Ruth found her redeemer.
Ruth couldn’t redeem herself. She needed someone to do it for her and likewise so do we. In Boaz’s role as guardian-redeemer, we see Christ who has purchased the Church to be His bride. In Ruth 4:4-10 alone, the word “redeem” occurs a total of six times. The word “redeem” means to “buy back.” That’s what Boaz did for Ruth and what Jesus did for us.
Ephesians 1:7 says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” The Bible teaches that Christ was redeemed us from the grave (Psalms 49:15), from death (Hosea 13:14), from the law (Galatians 4:5), from all wickedness (Titus 2:14), from the curse (Galatians 3:13), from sin (Colossians 1:14) and from the pit (Psalms 103:4).
With Fanny Crosby, we can sing: “Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!” For when no one else could redeemer us, Christ died to bring us back to God.