The Redeemer Who Fulfilled God’s Law

(Now in earlier times in Israel, for the redemption and transfer of property to become final, one party took off his sandal and gave it to the other. This was the method of legalizing transactions in Israel.) So the kinsman-redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it yourself.” And he removed his sandal. Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion and Mahlon. I have also acquired Ruth the Moabitess, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from the town records. Today you are witnesses!” (Ruth 4:7-10)

Boaz fulfilled his responsibility as a close relative while the other did not. They sealed the contract with the exchange of sandals, as was customary in those days.

Fulfilling Obligation

Boaz purchased the family property of the late Elimelech and his dead sons. The Law required the redeemer to also marry the widow of the deceased to continue the family line. Thus Ruth became Boaz’ wife and became the great great grand mother of Jesus.

Fulfilling God’s Law

Years later, God’s only begotten Son fulfilled God’s Law by taking human form and dying on the cross as the propitiation for their sins. There was no obligation on His part. But it was His love that moved Him to take up the cross for our sake. Through His substitutionary death the just Law of a righteous God was absolutely satisfied. He offered Himself as a perfect and permanent sacrifice for the remission of our sins, that we are redeemed from damnation to eternal life.

What a provision, that too absolutely free!

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