An Unwilling Redeemer
Ruth 4: 5-6
Then Boaz said, "The day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the widow of the dead, in order to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance." Then the redeemer said, "I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I impair my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it."
In our story we see Boaz taking the next right step. He is delivering the facts to Naomi’s closest relative who is in the front of the line to be the kinsman-redeemer. In order to qualify as the kinsman-redeemer, this person needed to be able to pay the redemption price. Does that sound familiar? We too have a redeemer in Christ that paid the price for all our sins past, present, and future! Boaz's actions tell us he is making sure his bases are covered before he CHOOSES to take on the role of kinsman-redeemer. And let it not go unnoticed that this is a choice for Him. Just as Boaz is revealing his love for Ruth, this story is one of God's love for us. Jesus doesn’t have to take care of us, rather He chooses to.
I wonder back in Ruth chapter one if Naomi and Ruth ever saw this story playing out the way it is . Where they were then and where they are today are almost polar opposites. Who could have ever dreamed this story would take this path? Isn't that just like God? We can plan, plan, and plan and set out on our chosen path. If the Lord has other ideas then ,BAM, our lives can take a turn we never saw coming .The good news is that like Ruth, we are chosen, loved, and cared for by our Kinsman-Redeemer. His ways are always going to be better in the long run than our ways and He redeems like no other.
The nearer relative of Naomi was not willing to purchase the property and Ruth. Boaz was both willing and able, therefore he was the RIGHT redeemer. Jesus was the same. No one else could or would pay the price and all was motivated by love. He is our one unfailing and RIGHT redeemer . What has redemption looked and felt like in your life so far? Can you see places where He has redeemed you? Does your life look much different from the way you thought it would when you imagined yourself at this age? Personally, I would never have chosen this particular path but I will admit He HAS indeed turned ashes into beauty for me. He's been there all along beside me redeeming what life and some of my choices brought about. For that I am grateful today.
For further reading: John 10: 11-15; Romans 5: 6-8
Heavenly and Most Gracious Father, You are the Great Redeemer . Help us not to go one step further without recognizing who You are, what You have done, and the price You paid for sinners like us. Without You we are a total mess. Thank You for walking along side of us as You did with Naomi and Ruth so long ago. Father, help each one of us to seek Your guidance each day and just be obedient even when it doesn't make earthly sense. Give us Your wisdom and the power to follow through. Amen.