Ruth 4:13-22 The Lord Gave!

The redeemer was given by the LORD Himself. The LORD provided redemption through the child born to Ruth and Boaz. This is clearly seen in the Scripture. The child was given by the LORD to be the kinsman-redeemer of Naomi. Note that this is the climax of this wonderful short story of unusual love between Ruth and Boaz. And the climax focuses not upon the parents, but upon the child born to the loving couple. The redemption provided by Boaz was to be carried on through the child. The redemption of Naomi and Ruth from poverty and hopelessness was not to end with their death. The child was to become the kinsman-redeemer of Naomi and the family, and he was to pass on the work of redemption through the descendants of the family.

As soon as the child was born, the women of the neighborhood gathered together with Naomi to celebrate the birth of this very special child. Their praise was lifted up not to Boaz and Ruth, but to the LORD Himself. For it was the LORD who had given the child to the family, given a kinsman-redeemer to Naomi and the future descendants of the family. Note that the women offered up a prophetic prayer: they prayed for the child to become famous throughout all Israel. And the child did: through the life and ministry of the great king of Israel, David, and through the promised Messiah, the Savior and Redeemer of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ.The child was also to be a “restorer of life” to Naomi: he was to renew and sustain her in her old age. He was to reinvigorate her, give her a new outlook and perspective on life—more purpose, meaning, and significance in life. The child was proof of Ruth’s love for Naomi, a love that was proven better than having seven sons.

Because of Ruth’s great love for Naomi, Naomi was guaranteed that the child would be taught the duties of the kinsman-redeemer. Naomi could rest assured that the child would provide and take care of her throughout all her life. Seven sons could not do any more for her than what the love of Ruth was doing by providing this child for her, this kinsman-redeemer. The child was to be nurtured, reared, and cared for by Naomi. In fact, the child was to be considered the very son of Naomi herself. When the child was finally handed to Naomi, she took the child, laid him in her lap and cared for him. Some commentators feel that this act was a legal ritual indicating that Naomi was adopting the child as her own son. However, most scholars
feel that this was simply an act of love, not of law. Naomi was simply nourishing and caring for the child as a grandmother. Naomi had a son in the sense that she had a grandson.

Just as the LORD gave the child to be a kinsman-redeemer of Naomi, so the LORD has given the child Jesus to be the Redeemer of the world, the Messiah and Savior of all mankind.

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