Ruth 4:3 – And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech’s:
Ruth 4:4 – And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.
Ruth 4:5 – Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.
Ruth 4:6 – And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.
Ruth 4:7 – Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.
Ruth 4:8 – Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.
Hey all, new blog time today, from the book of Ruth. A very simple thought today. Ruth is an incredible book of the Bible. It is the ultimate love story between a woman called Ruth and a man named Boaz. But it’s not just a feel good story, that’s not why these stories are in the Bible, they’re not there just for stories sake because otherwise they wouldn’t do us that much good beyond being a bit of knowledge… and after all we need bread, we need sustenance for the tough journey of life. These stories are God’s pictures, God’s examples, because God teaches us truth through his word. They teach us about Jesus Christ, about God, about who he is and what he’s done for us, and what’d he’d have us do. The Bible is the book of life… generally we need manuals for things to see how they work, and how they work best, how to fix things… well the Bible is the ultimate manual. It is the book of … life.
Ruth was a Moabite woman. Moab originated from the man Lot, and a child born to Lot and his daughter, conceived in drunkenness, because Lot lost his sons in law in Sodom… which is a whole story in itself. Look at Abraham’s line vs Lot’s line, who says compromise doesn’t have cost? Lot chose cattle over family, materialistic prosperity over the souls and future of his wife and children. Lot lost his spiritual potency, he surrendered his seed… and his legacy is Moab and Ammon. An eternal legacy and testament to a man who compromised on truth. His descendants were ungodly, we know he was a righteous man, but it all went downhill from there… it’s pretty bad to have seed that is ungodly surely. The Moabites were a wicked nation, a bad people, they often warred against Israel, they didn’t serve the Lord God, they had their own gods, their own ways.
So Ruth was from Moab, and out of Moab, we find a woman of whom a book in the Bible is named after. She’s quite a woman. She married into an Israeli family, but her husband died. She had a mother in law, who was a Jew, called Naomi, and they returned to Israel. Their family was in a pretty bad state, all the men dead, Naomi’s husband, and both her daughter in laws husbands dead. It seemed bleak. They were about to be cut off from the earth in a physical sense. Inheritance and generations were important, and similarly, it is important that believers tell others the gospel, and keep passing the seed of the word of God along. After all God’s word is incorruptible seed that should last forever, a seed that dies out obviously isn’t good seed. God wants us to have life, and eternal life, not be terminated.
Ruth gave up her gods and her people, because she chose the Lord God of the Bible. Their God, their ways. When her husband died… she could’ve returned to Moabite way of living, but she didn’t she held to the Lord God of Israel, the true God. She wasn’t that fond of Moab, and so we shouldn’t be that fond of the world, and we who are saved, well, we don’t love the world after we are saved like we did before (or shouldn’t!). This world is rotten, it lies in wickedness, it is nasty, full of lust and pride and vanity. But here we go, Ruth was left stranded in life. She was husband less, childless… hopeless, lineageless, and really vulnerable. She is a picture of a believer today, we start off like Ruth, in need of mercy, in need of rescue, in need of redemption… Ruth couldn’t redeem herself, and neither can we… her linage was going to be terminated, and she couldn’t do anything about it, and so we are in a cursed position today facing termination in hell if we do not repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation from our sin. Ruth is very relevant to believers today to understanding what Jesus Christ has done for us today. And through this picture, and the law of the kinsman redeemer in Israel, we can understand the person and work of Jesus Christ in redeeming us from our hopeless, bleak situation in life. Believers today comprise the church of God, a spiritual body consisting of people all over the world, which is the true “body” of Christ (of whom he is the Head)… But we start out as people who are in need of being redeemed, us who are in a bad state… she was a Moabite, and so we are sinners, we are aliens from God, alienated from God. Ruth’s husband died, and so our worldly securities and worldly ways die on us and leave us destitute, they leave us out in the cold. That’s why we should trust in God, because vain is the help of man.
However, in Israel, under their laws, because of their God, there was the law of the kinsman redeemer. If a woman’s husband died, and she had no children, then the nearest of kin would go in unto her and raise up seed for her brother. And continue the family line, give family, security, support to the widow. It was to ensure that man’s seed, his line, his heritage would continue. No name in Israel was meant to be blotted out by having no seed succeed him. Having your seed terminate with you showed cursing not blessing. Indeed, if your life is barren and terminated, not life and life forever in Christ, then your life is cursed rather than blessed. The child born would be considered that man’s and the line would continue, and the associated property and assets. It was one of God’s provisions to look after a widow, to preserve family lines. Ruth came back to Israel and she got to work gleaning in the field of a wealthy man named Boaz. Boaz was a near of kin relative of Ruth, in the sense he was the brother of Elimelech… Naomi’s husband’s father’s brother. Boaz noticed Ruth gleaning in his field, and he looked out for her, he was impressed with her diligence, and virtue, and integrity. An attraction and love formed. Ruth was living just like that woman in Proverbs 31 after all, and that is very attractive to a godly man. Especially as that kind of woman is rare, indeed, Proverbs makes it clear that a virtuous woman is very rare, so rare in fact… who can find one? Boaz had found a gem. Boaz is a picture of Jesus Christ in so many ways, but for the sake of time and word count…
To cut the story short, Ruth and Boaz both mutually liked each other, and in fact loved each other. Ruth wanted him to redeem her, and he wanted to redeem her. He said he would do it, that is take over responsibility for his brother’s seed (remembering Ruth was Naomi’s daughter in law), so marrying Ruth and assimilating her assets with his and continuing the family on.But there was a small snag!! Oh no!! There was a nearer of kin nameless man. And he had the right, because he was nearest of kin, so in order for Boaz to redeem Ruth and the associated assets and prosperity… this nameless man would have to pass on it first. If he wanted it, then Boaz wouldn’t get it. And this man was very interested in redeeming the land that was owing to Naomi and thus Ruth… he said he would redeem it when offered it… but then he found out in getting the land, he’d have to raise up seed to Ruth also! Turns out he wasn’t so interested in redeeming Ruth. And in fact, he chose to pass on his right and ability to redeem the inheritance because he didn’t want to raise up seed to Ruth and continue the lineage. Ruth put him off! This nameless man was an idiot. A woman like Ruth wouldn’t really “mar” his inheritance would she? Wasn’t she a priceless little gem? It goes to show that to some people, the things of God are death and foolishness to them.
The lineage of Naomi’s family was going to end. Childless, barren, inheritance lost, legacy less. As a sidenote, they cared a little more for their legacy than Lot did! Indeed after this saga, we know Jesus came from Boaz and Ruth… that’s quite a legacy!! On the other hand, Lot had Moabites and Ammonites for a legacy. Lot’s sin and disobedience and negligence was magnified and reflected and echoes throughout history. What a warning. But so we arrive at the point today of “We didn’t mar his inheritance”. Because Jesus Christ is our kinsman redeemer. He is near of kin to us, because he became man. God was born into this world as a human being, and his name was Jesus Christ. It was God’s only Son, because he was not “a” but “THE” Son of God, God himself in human form. Why did Jesus Christ enter the fray? Because man has sinned. Man lost all his inheritance, all hsi blessing, all his life… and exchanged it for death and hell when he sinned in the garden. And there was none to redeem us. So we are like Ruth, vulnerable, hopeless, facing extinction, barren in word and deed.
It’s one thing to want to be a redeemer it’s another thing to be able to actually redeem… Jesus Christ was able to redeem us because he was sinless, he was God, he lived a perfect life, and died for us offering himself as a sacrifice for our sin. And he rose from the dead, so he’s eternally alive. Eternally relevant, and he has inherited all things, all the kingdoms of the world are his, all the blessings, all the future… it all belongs to him. What Satan stole from mankind, because God made man in his image and gave him so much, but squandered it in disobedience, Jesus bought back with his blood, he bought our souls, he opened that prison door that Satan had us locked in for so long with. Jesus IS the blessed man of Psalm 1, he is the fulfillment of that chapter. In him is life, in him is wisdom, in him is blessing … it’s all about him, it’s all in Him. Your entire life here and now, and your future, depends on what you did with Jesus Christ, be it heaven or hell, be it blessing or cursing. The stakes are high. Jesus paid the sin debt, because the price and penalty of sin is high, sin demands blood payment, life is in the blood, and so sin demands life, our lives, and all of life. Hence our lives are at stake because of our sin. Why do you think Satan is a murderer? A thief? A robber? Adam and Eve traded in a lot more than they thought for a bit of disobedience. Hence everyone dies, that’s the physical curse of sin. But in a spiritual sense, we are born spiritually separated from God, spiritually dead… and even furthermore we face eternal death, which is the ultimate and final penalty for sin. Sin is that serious. It is T H E problem mankind faces. All our issues come back not to someone and something we can point our finger at, but point your finger at your own heart, because you and I are sinners by birth and by nature. We inherited it from Adam… our line, our lineage, the human race stinks. Jesus didn’t have a human father! So he starts a new line! Our corrupt seed is finite and dies out, but his seed is eternal and incorruptible. We were created by God, God is Holy, and sin is against God, God is Judge, and so he judges sin perfectly, and the perfect punishment, the rightful punishment is hell. So we had quite a problem! But Jesus was quite a solution, just as Boaz was to Ruth.
But we still haven’t arrived at the point! Which is that we didn’t mar his inheritance. This nameless man passed on Ruth because obviously Ruth didn’t please him. He thought she’d mar his inheritance. That’s a bit of an insult isn’t it. And one might think that a woman like Rahab would mar Jesus’ inheritance. Because Jesus has gotten an inheritance because of his perfect life lived. And what does Jesus do with his inheritance? He shares it, and makes anyone who repents and believes on him, ie. who gets saved and born again… they become partakers of his inheritance. Jesus said to his disciples… I’m going away, but I’m going to receive you unto myself. I’m going away… that there you may be also! He’s not held back anything from us. He has granted us to sit on him in his throne, he’s granted us to partake in his glory, he’s given us all gifts, he gives us his victory over sin, he gives us his grace, love, and mercy to show others. We are filthy sinners, but it pleased Jesus, he loves us a bit, he doesn’t think the harlot Rahab, or a fornicator like Samson mars his inheritance. It doesn’t excuse their sin AT ALL, but to the glory of God he is able to save and REDEEM people like this. And don’t be so quick to condemn others, he’d be happy to redeem you too, and we all have done our level best in sinning against God, we all have engaged in utter wickedness, we are all sinners in need of saving. This nameless man is nameless for a reason, guess he was too good for Ruth! Well his inheritance was nothing compared to Boaz’s, and Boaz saw some value in a widowed Moabite nobody… and didn’t think this woman would ruin his wealth and legacy. After all Boaz was a mighty man, a great man… and so is Jesus Christ. This nameless man isn’t a picture of Jesus Christ, Boaz is.
The simple thought today is… we didn’t mar his inheritance. In John 14:2 – In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. Pretty good deal huh? Read the Bible and see all Jesus has done for you and will yet do for you. God IS love. We could easily mar his inheritance, and sure, we need our sin addressed, we need to repent, otherwise we won’t be part of his inheritance. Because the inheritance is for people that are repentant, forgiven, saved, sanctified by the SPIRIT OF GOD, not by themselves. The inheritance is not for the wicked… but if you are a wicked person, you can repent and believe and Jesus can change you. And your past sins can be just that… past. And he will give you his forgiveness, his life, his mercy, his grace… you won’t mar his inheritance. And it’s quite an inheritance. Because he has inherited ALL THINGS the Bible says. He could rightfully deny us, because we are worthless, woebegotten sinful worms, but he chooses to have mercy, he chooses to save. What a great God Jesus Christ is. He is the Lord. Ruth found out just how wonderful Boaz was, and Boaz loved Ruth.. and they had a wonderful relationship and life. It’s a picture of us and Jesus Christ. Us Moabites can get saved, us Moabites can be redeemed. Look at the start of the Moabites, look at their wickedness, their lies, their gods, their ways… and out of this ash, you can be a Ruth, who leaves that behind and cleaves to your Boaz… the Lord Jesus Christ. And he doesn’t think you’ll mar his inheritance one little bit.
John 6:37 – All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.