Treasures New and Old
Elkmont Baptist Church
The question has been asked: In what ways is the Book of Ruth messianic?
I believe that an entire sermon series could be made on that one question alone. But the highlight of Ruth for me is the role of the kinsmen-redeemer that God portrays through Boaz and the response that Ruth has as she plays the role of the Church. The word
in Ruth 2:20 is actually two Hebrew words put together (compound word),
So the word would be pronounced (as best as I can
put together) "minegaw-al."
is Strong's # H4480; and means: "properly a part of; hence . . .
out of, . . .
among, . . . from (among)": the kinsmen-redeemer had to be one of the family - so for us that means a human being - a man like Adam.
is Strong's #H1350 and is a primitive root which means "to
to the Oriental law of kinship), that is, to
be the next of kin
(and as such to
a relative's property,
his widow, etc.): . . . avenger, deliver, (do, perform the part
of near, next) kinsfolk (-man), purchase, ransom, redeem (-er), revenger." So he avenges the wrongs against the family, buys them back, marries the widows, etc. - in general pays the price - no matter what the cost.
In summary, Boaz is the Kinsman-Redeemer and Ruth is the bride of Christ. There are several ways this is outlined for us . . .
- Ruth is a Gentile "engrafted" into the vine - the Church is primarily Gentile.
- Ruth embraces the Jewish God - as does the Church.
- Ruth can't redeem herself (take care of herself) - the nearest kinsman must.
- Ruth is introduced to the redeemer by a Jew
- Naomi; the Church is introduced to Christ via the Jewish Gospels and Epistles (and Old Testament).
- The Kinsmen-Redeemer pays
the bride price, as did Boaz, as did Christ.
- The Kinsmen-Redeemer takes Ruth home to be with him after the wedding - as will Christ
- The Kinsmen-Redeemer redeems the debt (Ruth's former husband - Naomi's son) - Christ has paid our debt - the entire debt
of all those that make up the Church.
- Prior to Ruth being introduced to Boaz - Boaz has his servants watch over and take care of Ruth
and Naomi - Christ has chosen us from the foundation of the Earth and prepares us for the day we will be redeemed.
- As the Kinsmen-Redeemer
- Boaz forfeits his own inheritance to the family he redeems - Christ set aside His glory and became a man so that He could redeem
- Before Ruth loved Boaz - he loved her; just as Christ loved us and gave His life for us prior to our loving Him.
What a love story! We are all Ruths!
God Bless you all!
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