Thursday, June 09, 2011

God Makes Us Right With Him

Men of the Bible Series - Boaz demonstrates redemption, a fore shadowing of Christ.

Men of the Bible Series
Ruth 2:1, 19  Now Naomi had a relative on her husband's side named Boaz. He was a prominent man of noble character from Elimelech's family.

19 Then her mother-in-law said to her, "Where did you gather barley today, and where did you work? May the LORD bless the man who noticed you."

Ruth told her mother-in-law about the men she had worked with and said, "The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz."

20 Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, "May he be blessed by the LORD, who has not forsaken his kindness to the living or the dead." Naomi continued, "The man is a close relative. He is one of our family redeemers."

Ruth 4:13-17  Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he was intimate with her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord, who has not left you without a family redeemer today. May his name become well known in Israel. 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. Indeed, your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” 16 Naomi took the child, placed him on her lap, and took care of him. 17 The neighbor women said, “A son has been born to Naomi,” and they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Boaz was a "prominent man of noble character" during the time of Israel's histories when everybody was doing his own thing.Boaz was the wealthy landowner of Naomi's husband that died and left Naomi and Ruth to try to support themselves.

Ruth was not too proud to go into the field and do whatever was needed to make her way in a very harsh world. Boaz offered mercy and grace to Ruth, she was protected and she received more than any other woman did from gleaning the fields.

Boaz was second in line to be the "kinsman redeemer" he had no obligation to intervene on Ruth’s behalf, so it is with Christ. Boaz saw the plight of the poor widows and he came to their rescue just like Jesus did for each and everyone of us. Boaz pursued the opportunity to be the redeemer by striking a deal with the man that was first in line for the job. All of this generosity was bestowed on a foreigner of a country that Israel was fighting against, much like our us, we were God's enemy when he redeemed us.

Boaz married Ruth and became Obed’s father, David’s grandfather, and an ancestor of Christ our true redeemer.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 24 They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Thank you Lord for your mercy and grace that you so freely give to people that are so against you.Thank you for making a way for me to have a relationship with you.

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