Delivery Man • Boaz
Debbie Kerr | Office Administrator
Have you ever found yourself in a painful season of life, one that found you crying out for deliverance? I am in such a season right now. The steps God has asked me to walk, basically alone in the physical sense, is caring for my dear mother in her final stage of Alzheimer’s. While I feel God’s presence and direction moment by moment, and consider it an extreme honor, at the same time I find myself tempted to ask why? “Why do you not take her to Heaven and end her suffering?” “Why do I have to watch her slowly slip away?” “Why have you eliminated all other family from the situation and left me alone to deal with the daily decisions and burden?” The answer is always gently revealed to me. God is using this to make me stronger in my dependence on Him. Simultaneously, my dear mom is silently teaching me what it looks like to finish well and rejoice in all circumstances. God is not only working through me but in me as well. When I feel empty or scared, I am reminded that He daily adds to our account the grace and strength needed to both my mom and me. He is our rescuer and deliverer, redeeming what has been stolen in the natural. The blessings I have received during this season are the dearest to me.
The book of Ruth is a beautiful portrait of God’s grace and provision. It is a short book of only four chapters, but it is jam packed with theology and truth that we can learn from today. The main narrative in Ruth centers around the lives of a mother-in-law, Naomi, and her daughter-in-law, Ruth. After the deaths of their husbands, they remained together to help each other. These two women were struggling to make it on their own, and they were in desperate need of a rescuer. Things had gone from bad to worse. They had to flee a famine in the land and draw on all their resources to survive. I am sure they cried out to God more than once to be rescued from their present situation. They needed a kinsman redeemer. In Leviticus chapter 25 we learn that a kinsman redeemer is a male relative who, according to various laws of the Pentateuch, had the responsibility to act on behalf of a family member who was in danger, in need, or in trouble. It is one who delivers and rescues the person in need or redeems their property. Through a series of events, Ruth met a man named Boaz. Boaz was a relative of Naomi’s deceased husband. Ruth and Naomi plot to gain the attention of Boaz and through God’s providence and provision “their” plan worked. Ruth and Boaz end up getting married thus, redeeming his bride. The account of Boaz as a kinsman redeemer foreshadows Jesus Christ, who will redeem the church for Himself. We are His bride.
Like Ruth and Naomi, you and I are in desperate need of a kinsman redeemer. We are born into the world already bankrupt and in trouble spiritually. We cannot do enough good works or redeem our souls. Jesus became the ultimate Kinsman Redeemer when He died on the cross and shed His blood as payment for our sins. He paid a debt He did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay.
Isaiah 54:5 says, “For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.”