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The question has been asked: In what ways is the Book of Ruth messianic?

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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
kinsmen
in Ruth 2:20 is actually two Hebrew words put together (compound word),
min
(or
minney
) and
gaw-al.
So the word would be pronounced (as best as I can
put together) "minegaw-al."
Min
is Strong's # H4480; and means: "properly a part of; hence . . .
from
or
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.
Gaw-al
is Strong's #H1350 and is a primitive root which means "to
redeem
to the Oriental law of kinship), that is, to
be the next of kin
(and as such to
buy back
a relative's property,
marry
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 . . .
  1. Ruth is a Gentile "engrafted" into the vine - the Church is primarily Gentile.
  2. Ruth embraces the Jewish God - as does  the Church.
  3. Ruth can't redeem herself (take care of herself) - the nearest kinsman must.
  4. 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).
  5. The Kinsmen-Redeemer pays the bride price, as did Boaz, as did Christ.
  6. The Kinsmen-Redeemer takes Ruth home to be with him after the wedding - as will Christ the Church.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 us.
  10. 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!
(according
[computer software] . Franklin, TN: Equipping Ministries Foundation.
Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries.
Strong, J.
Meyers, R. (2005). e-Sword.