Boaz: A Picture of Christ

Dirt Road in FieldsI 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.

Boaz Christ
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.

Responding to Those who Struggle with Injustice


I worked with EvanTell the past 4 years to help produce The Evangelism Study Bible (released this fall) and with EvanTell’s permission I am sharing a training article taken from Habakkuk.

How to Respond to Those Who Say, “Why Does God Allow so much Injustice?”
Habakkuk 1:1–4

We are not the first, and we won’t be the last. Habakkuk struggled with what everyone does at times, Christians and non-Christians alike. His struggle was basically twofold: “Why don’t you hear and why don’t you do something?” He wanted to know how long sin and injustice would abound while God seemed indifferent.

How do we respond when non-Christians ask a similar question: “Why is there so much injustice in the world?” They want to know why God doesn’t do something if He’s all-powerful and all-good. Read more

The Old Testament and Evangelism

carenet_2014Sep04_0044 Last month, I spoke to a group of attendees at Care Net’s National conference about the upcoming release of The Evangelism Study Bible and my vision for the ESB to be an equipping tool for the workers in their pregnancy resource centers.

As I closed my talk, I brought up the importance of the Old Testament in evangelism. Here is an excerpt from what I said: Read more