Thursday, November 05, 2009

At the City Gate


1 Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there; and behold, the close relative of whom Boaz had spoken came by. So Boaz said, “Come aside, friend, sit down here.” So he came aside and sat down. 2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down. 3 Then he said to the close relative, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, sold the piece of land which belonged to our brother Elimelech. 4 And I thought to inform you, saying, ‘Buy it back in the presence of the inhabitants and the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if you will not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know; for there is no one but you to redeem it, and I am next after you.’”
And he said, “I will redeem it.
5 Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also buy it from Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance.”
6 And the close relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem it.
7 Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging, to confirm anything: one man took off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was a confirmation in Israel.
8 Therefore the close relative said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself.” So he took off his sandal. 9 And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, from the hand of Naomi. 10 Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from his position at the gate. You are witnesses this day.”
(Ruth 4:1-10, New King James Version)

At the City Gate

Boaz was true to his word; early in the morning he went to the city gate and waited for the close relative, of whom he had spoken, to walk by. Gathering 10 elders from the city as well as his close relative, he presented his case. At first the relative agreed to purchase the land Naomi was selling, but when he heard it included taking Ruth as his wife, he declined.

Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also buy it from Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance.”

And the close relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem it.

As was the custom, the close relative took off his sandal and gave it to Boaz to confirm his denial.

And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, from the hand of Naomi. Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from his position at the gate. You are witnesses this day.”

Imagine how much money we could save if that was all it took to purchase land and a marriage license? Boaz became the kinsman redeemer of Ruth so that he could perpetuate the name of Elimelech and Mahlon.

Before we become to concerned that he bought a wife, we must remember that he bought the land which included the widow of the dead. Think about it for a minute, because that is exactly what Christ, our Kinsman Redeemer, did for us. As children of the Father, we are the bride of Christ whom He bought with His own blood.

Could there not have been an easier way for Christ to redeem us? No! Only Christ, the perfect, sinless man could fully keep God's commandments and redeem us with His blood. By one man, Adam, all were cursed, and by one man, Christ, redemption was purchased for all of God's children by His shed blood.

Amazing love,
How can it be,
That Thou my God (Christ),
has died for me!

God Bless You,
Linda

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