The Kinsman Redeemer

Ruth 2:10 At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She exclaimed, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”

This is one of the most exciting passages of scripture in the Old Testament.  Well, I am sure that is up for debate but the significance of this statement IS huge.  It points to the kinsman redeemer; the one who redeems the lost and the broken.  That man for Ruth and Naomi was Boaz.  The man for you and me is Jesus.  Therefore, Boaz is a picture of Jesus.  He has compassion on this foreigner and as we will find out – makes her his bride.  And it all begins with this simply line in Ruth 2:10. “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me – a foreigner?”

I ask the same question of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  “Jesus, why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me – a foreigner?”  Because that is what I was.  I was a foreigner and He brought me in.   Paul writes in Ephesians 2 that he has brought peace to those who were near and peace to those who were far away.  That is what we were – far away.  We were foreigners; we were the bad guys in the Old Testament.  But He had compassion on us and loved us.  In fact, He loved us so much that He died for us.

And our response should be the same as Ruth’s.  This kind of revelation should bring us to our knees and we should bow before Him and worship Him.  I, for one, don’t want to take for granted what He has done for me.  I don’t want to cheapen this great gift with my religion.  I want to fully embrace my adoption.  For He adopted me and loved me as family.  He redeemed my life.  He is my kinsman redeemer!

One thought on “The Kinsman Redeemer

  1. This book of Ruth is great. It’s an Old Testament picture of the Church. There are many OT places that talk about gentiles being brought in, but Ruth really paints the picture. It also helps us understand the concept of kinsman-redeemer that is required to understand Rev. 5. Good stuff, Brad!

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