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Jesus in Ruth

June 30, 2022

Because He Loved Us

The romance of Ruth and Boaz is one of the most beautiful stories in the Bible.

It’s a real romance—complete with an honorable warrior who fights for the hand of a beautiful woman from Moab who has humbled herself to care for her poverty-stricken mother-in-law. Boaz moves heaven and earth to get the right to marry Ruth—and in their story we see a picture of Jesus’ love for us and the provision He makes as our Kinsman–Redeemer.

That kinsman–redeemer (in Hebrew, goel) is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ.

He is our Kinsman–Redeemer who pays a price so that the one who is redeemed may get off scot free. The only biblical example of a kinsman–redeemer is Boaz. It reveals the love side of redemption. Boaz doesn't have to act in that capacity; there was another who was actually a nearer relative to Ruth than Boaz, but he didn’t care about her. But Boaz loved her. I think he looked like a dying calf in a thunderstorm. That made all the difference.

Now God didn't have to redeem us. We were lost sinners. If He did not redeem us, He could still be a just and holy God. But He loved us. You see, salvation by redemption is a love story.

And now we have it told here in simple language illustrated by this little foreign girl from Moab and Boaz in the land of Israel.

Want to know more? Download the Ruth Bible Companion here.