He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.”
What a great word. One of the key words in the book of Ruth, redeemer. One of the key words and themes throughout all the bible, redemption. In fact, you could argue that the whole bible from cover to cover is a story of redemption. Well, what does that mean though? Basically to redeem means to bring someone under your care, to pay the price, so to speak, for caring for them. So if you are redeeming someone in this picture in Ruth, then you are saying, “I am going to take responsibility for providing for this woman, for her family,” which Boaz was uniquely able to do because of his relationship in Naomi’s family.
God sent Jesus to redeem us by dying on the cross in our place. Christian, take comfort that you have been bought by God. We are made righteous in Christ and will experience eternal joy with Him.
There’s so many details we could talk about there, but the bigger picture is Ruth, the book, is giving us a picture of God as the redeemer, God as the one who pays the price to provide for us under his care, for sinners under his care, God who sends the redeemer, Jesus, his son, to die on a cross for our sins, to pay the price for our redemption, our restoration to a relationship with them where we can experience the full provision of God for eternal life. As a follower of Christ, you are among the redeemed. You have been saved by a redeemer. You’ve been bought by a redeemer. His name is Jesus and he’s paid the price for your sins. He’s made it possible for you to live under the protection and provision of God himself.
Oh, just let that soak in. You have been bought by God at the price of his son, his son dying on a cross for your sins, for my sins. We have been purchased. Jesus has paid the price for our redemption so that we could come under the provision of God totally forgiven of our sins, made righteous in Jesus to experience eternal life in relationship with God. God, we praise you for our redemption. Jesus, we praise you, our redeemer. We praise you for dying on the cross for our sins. We praise you for rising from the dead in victory over sin. We praise you. You are our redeemer and you live and you have made a way for us to be adopted into the family of God, as children of God.
Even as we pray right now, we pray, father in heaven. Oh, what a glorious reality, us sinners full of sin, have turned from you, have rebelled against you and yet you have redeemed us. You’ve made us new. You’ve made as new creations. You’ve made us new people. We no longer live. Galatians 2:20. We’ve been crucified with Christ. Now Christ lives in us. We have an entirely new life. The old is gone. The new has come. We’re new creations by the power of your redemption.
So as we read this story of love in Ruth chapter three, our eyes are lifted high to you, the God of love. And we praise you for pursuing us. We praise you for taking us under your wings. We praise you for saving us from our sins, for calling us your sons and daughters, for redeeming our lives, for the guarantee that our redemption will one day fully and finally be complete and we will be with you free from sin, free from sorrow to enjoy you forever and ever. All glory be to your name, Jesus, our redeemer. All glory be to you, our father, for your plan of redemption in our lives. In Jesus’ name, we praise you. We thank you. We humbly yield our lives to you as those bought by you. We belong to you. We love you. In Jesus name. Amen.
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