The Kinsman Redeemer Law Kicks In
The Kinsman Redeemer Law Kicks In
Ruth 3:7-12 7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down. 8 And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet. 9 And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman. 10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. 11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman. 12 And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.
Verses 7-9 – Ruth is in no uncertain terms letting Boaz know that he as a kinsman redeemer is to take her as his wife. Boaz off course is aware of his duty as a kinsman redeemer. He knows the Law of Moses.
Leviticus 25:25 If thy brother be waxen poor, and hath sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold.
Points to note from this account. We read from the account that Ruth told her mother-in-law, that all she has told her to do she will do. However, that was in the presence of Naomi before Ruth left the house. In front of Naomi she said she will do it, but now she has left the house. As she walks to meet Boaz at the threshing floor where Boaz is staying, she has more than enough time to reconsider what she told Naomi. Ruth could easily have changed her mind. We have an account recorded for us in the Scriptures.
Matthew 21:28-30 28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not, but afterward he repented, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go sir; and went not.
Ruth was taking a tremendous risk in heeding her mother-in-laws advice in actually following through and doing all that Naomi told her to do. Not only did Ruth run the risk of total failure in her efforts to communicate her intent, she also ran the risk of being harmed. Boaz could have attacked her! Secondly, in addition to Ruth taking this risk and stepping out in faith, she does so by submitting herself to both Naomi and Boaz.
Ruth did all. We as humans have a tendency to be very selective as to what we are willing to do and what we will not do.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
If you do not have faith – you displease God. Want to please God? Have faith in God. Imagine if Ruth did not do all, then there would be no marriage between Boaz and Ruth. No Obed. No Jesse. No king David. David was of the tribe of Judah. The Messiah would still have come, but through another family from the tribe of Judah.
Ruth’s reward in doing and for doing all that God was calling her to do came by the way of her submitting herself and humbling herself in heeding the advice that Naomi gave to her. By lying at his feet, she was posturing herself in a humble and submissive way before Boaz. That was the symbolic gesture. Remember, Ruth did not really have to do what she did there. She did not need to do what Naomi told her to do. Ruth had every right to hold Boaz as responsible as her kinsmen redeemer to marry her so as to carry on Elimelech’s name. By the law Boaz was required to. He was obligated to.
We can never go wrong when we humble ourselves and conversely we always go wrong when we don’t humble ourselves. God will always bless us when we are submissive and humble. Conversely, we can thwart the blessings of God in our lives by being obstinate and proud. It is not that God won’t bless us. It is that God can’t bless us. He can’t bless us because of our pride.
Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low; but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame, but with the lowly is wisdom.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
We are never more like Christ than when we are humble, and we are never more like Satan than when we are proud.
Verses 10-11 – Why do you think that Boaz referred to her the way he did? He was very favourable in his response to Ruth. It could be based chiefly on her virtuous character inwardly and not her beautiful appearance outwardly. Her humility; her work ethic coupled with how she honoured her mother-in-law made her beautiful to Boaz. Ruth did not lack inward character such that it would have marred her outward beauty.
Verse 10 – Tells us that Boaz blessed Ruth for not going after younger men whether they were poor or rich. That indicates that Boaz may have been much older than Ruth – yet Ruth chose him. Ruth it would appear was basing her decision solely on Boaz’s character inwardly and not as appearance outwardly. Word had spread in Bethlehem about the Moabitess widow who has returned with Naomi. Folk had seen how hard working she was. How industrious she was. How committed she was. It goes without say that Ruth could have had any man she wanted. She was still relatively young, of child bearing age and she had demonstrated that she was a hard worker.
Verse 12 – This whole dialogue is taking place at midnight. Boaz had refreshed himself. He had eaten to his heart’s content. He had satisfied his fill with a drink or two. He was now resting when suddenly something or someone awakes him, and says to him “I am Ruth thine handmaid – I am here at your threshing floor in the middle of the night for a reason. It is not about playing games. I am a widow. I am available. You are a near kinsman, and you are single. You will fulfil your obligation as a kinsman redeemer”!
He doesn’t disagree with her. He speaks kindly to her. He more or less infers that he will marry her, but there is a nearer kinsman redeemer than him. Stay her till the morning and we will see what comes of the matter.
Both Ruth and Boaz are on the same page. GAME ON!!!