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No One is Beyond Redemption

Written by: Elisabeth Lough

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“May the Lord bless him!" Naomi told her daughter-in-law. "He is showing his kindness to us as well as to your dead husband. That man is one of our closest relatives, one of our family redeemers."

- Ruth 2:20


Imagine you are leaving everything you love and are familiar with and are traveling to a strange land (that is typically hostile to foreigners). You’ve already lost your husband and now your traveling companion, your mother-in-law, is a bitter woman who blames God for taking her husband and sons. You insist on joining her, even when she tells you and your sister-in-law to go back home. You even vow that you will stay with her and serve her God.


This was the life of Ruth, a widowed woman who chose to follow Naomi, her mother-in-law, to Israel. As a Moabitess, Ruth would not have been entirely welcome because the Israelites and the Moabites were enemies. But Ruth was anything but the enemy of Israel. She wanted to live in Israel with Naomi and serve the God of the Israelites.


Ruth trusted the God of Israel and made Him her God. And God rewarded her trust in Him. Ruth 2:20 says,“‘May the Lord bless him!’ Naomi told her daughter-in-law. ‘He is showing his kindness to us as well as to your dead husband. That man is one of our closest relatives, one of our family redeemers.’” Because Ruth put her trust in the Lord, God provided for her by allowing her to meet and work for Boaz, a kinsman-redeemer.


My Holman study Bible describes the role of the kinsman-redeemer and how it is related to Christ and His people: “Boaz demonstrated one of the duties of the family member- that of marrying the widow of a deceased family member. A correlation is sometimes made between the redemption of Ruth by Boaz and the redemption of sinners by Christ. Because of God’s covenant faithfulness, He has provided the Redeemer that we all need in Jesus Christ.


Just as God provided a redeemer for Ruth through Boaz, God also provides a Redeemer for us: Jesus Christ. No one is beyond redemption. Romans 10:9 promises, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” The Gospel is for everyone. Anyone who confesses Jesus as Lord, believes in Him, and accepts His free gift of salvation will be redeemed.



Reflection

1. Have you ever felt like you couldn’t be redeemed because of something you’ve done?

2. How is Boaz similar to Jesus being our Redeemer?


Prayer

Lord Jesus, I thank You for redeeming me, for taking my place on the cross and dying for my sins. Like Boaz, You redeemed me when I could not redeem myself. Thank You for the story of Ruth and Boaz to teach me that You, too, are a Redeemer. I love You, Lord, and in Your Name I pray, amen.



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