Ruth 2:19b-20 NIV 2011
“The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,” she said.
“The Lord bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.”
Leaving everything she ever knew, Ruth followed Naomi to Israel. She knew she needed to provide for her mother-in-law and went out to glean in the fields behind the workers. The hand of God led her to the field of a relative to find grain. Naomi knew how important it was for her to remain there. As a relative he could help them in their plight. “A guardian-redeemer is a legal term for one who has the obligation to redeem a relative in serious difficulty.” Leviticus 25:25 required the relative to redeem and marry the widow. Boaz did both for Ruth. God is the Guardian-Redeemer.
Belonging to the family of God, I’ve been redeemed through Christ. As one small part of the body of Christ, we are all kinsmen and each is tasked with sharing the Good News with those who do not know. Ruth followed Naomi because she wanted Naomi’s God to be her God. Living our lives daily for Jesus hopefully helps others see and desire to know Him. Hearing “There is something about you,” I believe they’re seeing God is my Guardian-Redeemer.
How are we different since redeemed by God?
Thankful we’re redeemed,