“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.”
She waited while Boaz went to the gate of the city to meet the nearer kinsman.
“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. 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.”
The nearer kinsman chose not to redeem both Naomi and Ruth, but that was no surprise to the Lord. This simply made it possible for Boaz to do so.
“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. Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.”
That shoe symbolized so much more.
It was a pledge that a transaction had been completed, and Boaz was now legally able to marry Ruth.
She conceived and bore a son soon after their marriage.
Naomi and Ruth had been redeemed and restored.
“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. 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.”
She was given a legacy of redemption.
That baby would be the grandfather of King David of Israel.
And fourteen generations after him Christ would be born of the same lineage.
Ruth also serves as an example of a beautiful picture of the redemption that Christ has provided us.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”
Jeremiah 39-40 | Colossians 1 | Psalm 42
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