Ruth was an unlikely recipient of Boaz’s generosity. She was a foreigner (a Moabitess, a descendant of Lot’s incestuous relationship with his daughter), a young widow, she was poor; she was truly down and out. Boaz, however, was godly, wealthy, generous and kind. He allowed Ruth to glean in his fields, he served her lunch and he instructed his servants to give her extra grain from his fields! His generosity was truly more than she deserved! Sound familiar? On top of all that, Boaz was also Ruth’s kinsman redeemer! According to Unger’s Bible Dictionary, a kinsman redeemer was someone who, as a blood relative, possessed a certain obligation to step in and redeem someone who either owed a large debt or to marry the widow of a kinsman. It carries the literal meaning of “to come to the help or rescue” of one. Boaz, literally came to the rescue of Ruth! And a result, their union ultimately produced our Savior, Jesus Christ, who is our Redeemer! (Ruth was the great-grandmother of King David and an ancestress of Jesus, Matt. 1:1,5) Jesus Christ, came to our rescue, when we didn’t deserve it! We were poor, foreigners with out a home, without hope and truly down and out! He is Redeemer and he lives! Eph. 1:7,8 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which he lavished on us.” and Eph. 2:8,9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” and Col. 1:13,14 “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

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