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.)

Genesis – Revealing Our Promised Seed

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The preached Word of God (whether it is spoken or written), will reveal Jesus Christ, and when we become personally acquainted with Jesus Christ, he begins fulfilling his mission to reveal God within the hearts and souls of searching believers.

Jesus Christ is the subject of all true prophecy, and as we discover Christ within the Scriptures as the way, the truth, and the life to the Father, he begins revealing our loving heavenly Father with crystal clear revelations of divine truth.

In the books of the Old Testament we can discover Christ everywhere in prophecy, which shows us his coming, and the plan of man’s own redemption in Jesus’ sufferings and his glory. In the Gospels we can find Jesus Christ who physically lived on this earth fulfilling the prophecies written of him.

In the Epistles we will spiritually see Christ living within our hearts. Combining these three (the revealed prophecies recorded about his coming, his physical appearance, and his spiritual presence), we can discover and receive our complete redemption, and receive eternal life that emanates out from the eternal embrace of the Creator.

Jesus Christ is “the missing link” to the heart of God, Who is the true center of the universe, and the spiritual center of the Christian believer, who can now enjoy living the life that is more than abundant. In Genesis we saw creation in perfection and then ruined because of sin. In Christ the promised seed we have redemption from sin and receive the new creation within, giving us the eternal victory of an endless life!

Genesis 3:15 – {this is the first prophecy in Scripture} And I will put enmity between thee {the Serpent} and the woman {Mary, the mother of Jesus}, and between thy seed and her seed; it {“it” refers to Jesus Christ} shall bruise thy head {This prophecy shows the eternal doom of the Serpent, which is still a future event. Believers are members of the body of Christ and this is why Romans 16:20 says that God shall (at a future time) bruise Satan under our feet}, and thou {the Serpent} shalt bruise his {Jesus Christ’s} heel {which happened when Jesus was crucified}.

In this verse we have the sufferings and glory of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, and we have the promised seed prophesied.

In Mary we have the birth of the promised seed, in grace today we have the seed of Christ within. It is interesting that in Genesis 4:1 Eve says “I have gotten a man from the LORD.” What did Eve think she had? She thought that she had the promised seed from God, the Savior and Redeemer of mankind; it turns out that she was so very wrong; this man (which was the progeny of Adam and Eve) was Cain, who was the first murderer! The promised seed (and the man from the Lord) was given to Mary.

Luke 1:31 – And, behold {the angel talking to Mary}, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

In Genesis we read the words “her seed”; however, as we know, the seed comes from the male and the egg comes from female. “Her seed” means that she would not (biblically) know any man at the time of her conceiving, yet, still have a seed, because Jesus was conceived by the divine conception of God Himself, and Mary would bring forth the most perfect man to ever grace this earth with his life and blessings of redemption. Thus Jesus was prophesied as “her seed.”

Galatians 3:16 – Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made {in the Old Testament}. He {God} saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy {our} seed, which {who} is Christ.

We are born again of incorruptible seed (I Peter 1:23), saved by grace and have as Mary had, the prophesied and promised seed of Christ within our very hearts.