Day 11: The Redeemer

ruth-naomiIn the story of Ruth you meet Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. Ruth is a foreigner, an outsider and Boaz is a righteous man. Naomi is the mother in-law and one who suffers great bitterness and suffering.

We are told that when Ruth leaves her foreigner gods to go with Naomi and follow her God, she finds herself meeting Boaz who was a relative of Naomi’s.  Ruth is an outsider and yet Boaz allows her to work in his fields –

“Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women” (2v8)

Boaz is very kind to Ruth and he even says that Ruth has “come to take refuge” under the wings of the Lord by being in Boaz’s field.

Later on Boaz is recognised as the redeemer. Ruth says to him “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, you are a redeemer” (3v9).

Boaz brings refuge and redeems. He redeems the outcast by marrying her. She is now included in the family and also in the line of Christ.

Boaz is a great man, but he is not the chosen offspring and this wonderful love story is a picture of the greater love story where the true offspring, Jesus, redeems us from being in Adam to being joined with him. He takes us as the outcast and invites us into his family.

Jesus marries the outcast. Jesus is the redeemer and we wait for him.

Christmas is about the birth of a redeemer who will bring all outcasts to himself so that they may be a part of his family.

*Painting by Pieter Lastman

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