I had the privilege of writing this article for the recently released Evangelism Study Bible done by EvanTell and Kregel. I think it ties in well with this week’s theme.
Many view the story of Ruth and Boaz as a classic love story but it is so much more. Throughout the book they both express love and devotion to others primarily by their actions rather than words or emotion. They expressed genuine concern for the welfare of others, not asking God to intervene on their own behalf but instead focused on meeting the needs of others. Their actions parallel the covenant-loyalty God showed to His people throughout the Old Testament (1:8; 2:20; 3:10).
Further, Boaz’ role as a kinsman-redeemer who stepped in and paid a price to redeem Ruth and Naomi has often been compared to Christ, who redeemed believers through His death and resurrection on our behalf. As Boaz was a redeemer for Ruth so Christ is to us in a greater spiritual and eternal way.
The following chart demonstrates four requirements Boaz met as Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer and four requirements that Christ met as our kinsman-redeemer.
|Related to Ruth and Naomi (Lev. 25:48; 25:25; Ruth 3:12–13)||Related to humanity through the incarnation (Rom. 8:3; Heb. 2:17)|
|Capable of redeeming (Ruth 4:4–6)||Capable of redeeming (2 Cor. 8:9)|
|Voluntary (Ruth 4:6)||Voluntary (John 10:17–18)|
|Paid the price in full (Lev. 25:27; Ruth 4:7–11)||Paid the price in full (John 19:30; Heb. 10:12)|
It is our privilege to tell others of our redeemer, Jesus Christ, inviting them to experience the same redemption and relationship we have with Him by grace through faith.