Kinsman Redeemer

And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character. Although it is true that I am near of kin, there is a kinsman-redeemer nearer than I. Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to redeem, good; let him redeem. But if he is not willing, as surely as the LORD lives I will do it. (Ruth 3:11-13)

God’s Provision

Naomi realized that God had led Ruth to the right place, where she will find help and support as per the statutes of God. The Law makes provision for the widow and her family property to be redeemed by the nearest relative.

Naomi guided her daughter-in-law in claiming her rights as per the Law of God. She was a woman of virtue and followed her Mother-in-law’s instructions. Boaz too was a noble man and person of character. He promises to fulfill his obligations. He was kind and generous to the family that he gave a shawl full of grains. He was also careful to keep his reputation. So he tells Ruth to leave before daybreak so no one will know that she was there.

Kinsman’s Decision

Boaz was only second-in-line kinsman. He awaited the decision of the nearest relative whose responsibility it was to redeem the family of late Elimelech. When he expressed his unwillingness, Boaz revealed his decision. He was willing to shoulder the responsibility of providing solace for the widows of his relatives. This was absolutely legal and God’s command for them.

There is a foreshadow of Jesus in Boaz here. Jesus decided to pay the ransom with His own blood to redeem us. He made us members of God’s family and heirs to God’s riches, all by His grace and mercy.

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