If you ever want to see the whole gospel displayed in one story in the Old Testament, look no further than the story of Ruth. After following her mother-in-law to an unfamiliar land and making it her own, Ruth meets Boaz, who becomes her kinsman redeemer, restoring her family’s inheritance and turning Naomi’s bitterness into sweetness.
Through Boaz and Ruth’s union, the line of David would be established, from which was born Jesus, who took on the curse of death itself to buy us back and become our Kinsman Redeemer.
The story of Ruth is a beautiful picture of Christ, and it gives us two important gospel truths that are key to understanding this concept of redemption.
First, God uses the least likely as his instruments of redemption.
At the same time that Samson, an Israelite hero strong enough to knock down the walls of a huge temple, is off messing around with Delilah and swapping his country’s safety for some cheap thrills, a Moabite girl is forsaking everything to follow God. Ruth had everything stacked against her. She was a poor, childless widow from a hated race.
Yet Ruth, not Samson, brought Jesus into the world.
You see, God works through availability, not ability. He doesn’t need your ability, your money, or your talents. He calls only for your complete and total obedience. Continue Reading…