Today’s Reading: Ruth 2 – 1 Samuel 1
“And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.” Ruth 3:12 (KJV)
Ruth had been faithful to Naomi in returning to the land of Promise and the inheritance of Elimelech. Naomi was poor, needed to sell the land, in order to live. Naomi had given instruction to Ruth as to what to do according to Hebrew law (Deuteronomy 25:5-10).
Boaz was quite willing to redeem the land, and receive Ruth as his wife with it. There was a kink in the plan; there was a nearer relative who might desire to do the redemption. He did not (4:1-6).
In Ruth’s proposal to Boaz she was declaring her faith in God, and His laws. She was showing her faithful to Naomi, and caring for her mother in law as well. Boaz loved her for this; realizing she was not only a lovely woman, but a trustworthy one.
He would pay the redemption price, and take her as his bride.
All who are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23). It was that precious blood of Christ which purchased us and redeemed us from the condemnation of eternal judgment.
Reading for March 27: 1 Samuel 2 – 4