by Jerry Vines

Preparation for the Redeemer
Jerry Vines
Ruth 3

The love story of Ruth and Boaz takes place at the village of Bethlehem. Here our Savior, the Lord Jesus, was born. The Old Testament predicted that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.

''But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel;''

(Micah 5:2) There would be born in Bethlehem the One who would be known as BethIehem' s Ruler. The Bible furtther indicates that the Bethlehem Ruler will also be the Bethlehem Redeemer. When Jesus was born there was a woman in Jerusalem named Anna. When she saw the baby Jesus, she spake of Him to all them that look for redemption in Jerusalem. (Luke 2:38) This is at the very heart of the meaning of Christmas. Jesus was born in Bethlehem to be the Redeemer of the World. In Galatians 4:4-5 the we read: ''But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his son, made of a woman, made unto the law that he might redeem them that were under the law.''

Titus 2:14 says Jesus came to redeem us from iniquity. The Bethlehem Ruler is going to be the Bethlehem Redeemer.

Here the story of Ruth links up with the Christmas story. Boaz is madly in love with Ruth. She is also in love with him. However, his love is not enough to bring her into the family of God. Ruth has a desire in her heart to be a part of God's family. She is a poor outcast girl. She has no claim to the things of God. The law excludes her. So, there must be someone who is willing to pay the price for her redemption.

When Ruth came back from the field of Boaz, her mother-in-law asked her, ''Who is the man?'' Ruth said, ''His name is Boaz.'' In joy she exclaims, ''The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsman. (Ruth 2:20) Naomi is saying, Boaz is a kinsman - redeemer. In those days in Israel, if you had lost your property by means of poverty, a kinsman - redeemer could reclaim that property and r ...

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