Ruth – Revealing Our Redeemer

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Ruth 4:14-15a:
-14: And the woman {Ruth} said unto Naomi {her mother-in-law}, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman {redeemer} that his name may be famous in Israel.
-15a: And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: . . .

Although the Book of Ruth contains only four chapters, a wealth of knowledge and understanding is inlaid throughout regarding redemption. The word “kinsman” means the next of kin who has the right of redemption. Ruth, a Gentile, had a husband who was from Israel, and when her husband died, Ruth was released (because of the laws and customs of that day) from any inheritance or possessions or any legal rights that her husband had in Israel.

She was told by Naomi to return back to her home and to her gods, but Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee {Naomi was returning back home to Bethlehem}, for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God;” (Ruth 1:16). This is the statement that made Ruth a great woman, a virtuous woman (Ruth 3:11), and Boaz said of her: “The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust (Ruth 2:12).

What a wonderful statement for man of God to say to a Gentile, and Gentiles were at that time considered unclean and vile.

To the question “who can find a virtuous woman?”, Boaz found one in Ruth,* who learned to have great trust in God. She had the qualities of a virtuous woman which can be read in Proverbs 31:10-31.

Boaz first needed to redeem her former husband’s inheritance back, which he did, then he would be free to marry her; this would give her the redemption of the eternal inheritance that the hope of all Israel had in and for the Redeemer. The Redeemer would be famous in Israel and be the restorer of life ─ eternal life!

The son of Ruth and Boaz was in the direct bloodline of King David (Ruth 4:21-22), and David was in the direct line of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ. Without Ruth and her faith, trust, and confidence in God we would not have a Savior!

Ruth had such an important and intricate part in the coming of Christ that she not only got her name recorded in the royal (kingly) lineage of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5), she was the only woman besides Mary to be mentioned in the genealogies of Jesus Christ in the Gospels.

In Matthew 1:16 we read: “And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” There is a huge error in translation here, because the word “husband” in the Greek Text is the word father. Mary’s father was named Joseph; Mary’s husband was also named Joseph. Joseph, Mary’s husband’s father was named Heli (Luke 3:23), while Mary’s father was named Jacob. Joseph was not the father of Jesus Christ, God was! And in this (understanding of the genealogy of Mary, and knowing the story of Ruth), we can receive incredible insights about our Redeemer ─ Jesus Christ.

Galatians 4:4-5a:
-4: But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
-5a: To redeem them that were under the law, . . .

Who was under the Law? Israel was, and through Mary being the mother of Jesus, Jesus was born to be the only redeemer of Israel, who redeemed them from the Law. As Boaz redeemed Ruth so she could receive her rightful inheritance, Jesus in the same way redeemed all of Israel to receive their promised inheritance that God promised to Abraham and the prophets who followed him. After Jesus fulfilled the Law and redeemed Israel, God’s ultimate plan of redemption went into effect for the redemption of all humanity.

Galatians 3:13-14a:
-13: Christ hath redeemed us {not just Israel but the entire world} from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
-14a: That the blessing of Abraham might come {also} on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; . . .

Anyone who was not under the Law, namely every human being that wasn’t in the fold of Israel was under the curse. But when Jesus fulfilled the Law and redeemed Israel, God’s divine plan of redemption for the entire world went into effect to give all people who will simply believe, their eternal inheritance to be in him who is the prophesied “restorer of thy life,” our Redeemer ─ Jesus Christ!

*(See our study, titled: A Virtuous Woman.)

God Is a Rewarder

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Bible, the word “faith” is a word that means believing faith. When we hear the common phrase “have a little more faith,” what is actually implied from a biblical standpoint is that we believe in what the Scriptures declare, and then our faith, which is our believing faith, will begin to blossom from within. Romans 10:17 proclaims that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” So if one has a lack of faith and is in need of “a little more faith,” then faith can be greatly enhanced by hearing the Word of God. Faith, pure believing faith, comes to the individual with everlasting benefits when he or she believes in what they will hear (or read) from the Bible.

Hebrews 11:6:   But without faith {believing faith,} it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The Book of Hebrews says that without believing faith it is impossible to please God. I sincerely wished that someone had shown this verse to me as a child because I could have saved countless hours trying to figure out how to be pleasing to the Creator. I never knew all that was required of me is to believe. By the simple decision of the mind to believe, I could have been pleasing to God all along. However, and thankfully, now I know how to be actively pleasing to God and how be rewarded for my believing.

With the simple first step of our belief that God exists, He begins rewarding us. This decision to believe in an unseen God is for some people a very difficult decision to make, and this is why we need God’s Word — because faith comes by hearing His Word. When we do believe that God is God and we seek Him out within His Word, He will abundantly reward that effort. Acts 17:27 says, “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us.” One reward is that we will find God to be a loving and forgiving Father and this is a present-tense reward that we can begin enjoying right now.

In Hebrews 12:2 we read that, “Jesus {is} the author and finisher of our faith,” which means that as we allow Jesus into our hearts, he will help us with our faith. So as we learn the Word of God, we will find details about our Savior and our own personal believing faith will be enhanced.

Matthew 6:33:   But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things {the things mentioned leading up to verse 33, clothing, food, and these things we need to live, and the righteousness of God Himself, and His kingdom} shall be added unto you.

At one time in my life I could not have fathomed receiving the kingdom of God, let alone everything else He gives (Romans 8:17). Then I discovered the author and finisher of my faith, Jesus Christ, and with him, my believing-faith began to grow effortlessly. The reason that we are encouraged to seek the kingdom of God — first, is because God “called you unto his kingdom and glory” (I Thessalonians 2:12). These are promises to and for those who diligently seek God first, as promised. All we need to do is believe, believe, and believe! Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” and that power in us is our believing faith, which energizes us exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. As our own believing-faith grows, we will be enabled to believe in things that at one time in our lives we perhaps thought were impossible, yet with God, all things do become possible (Luke 18:27), as we with our believing-faith begin not only asking and seeking, but also receiving and enjoying, because God is a rewarder.

Matthew 7:7-8:
-7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
-8: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

The Christian lifestyle is certainly wonderful as we continue learning about the bountifulness of God and our believing faith unlocks the vast supplies of His heavenly storehouse. In Psalms 50:10 God says that He owns “cattle upon a thousand hills.” This is a small portion of God’s abundance and your inheritance. The implication of Psalms 50:10 is that God can afford to reward those who diligently seek Him.

Today, enjoy the search, experience the joy, and rejoice as you receive the riches of your heavenly Father through your believing-faith to receive, because God is a rewarder.

Genesis 15:1:  After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Ruth 2:12:   The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

“Think success, visualize success, and you will set in motion the power force of the realized wish. When the mental picture or attitude is strongly held, it actually seems to control conditions and circumstances.” ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale~