September 28, 2011

Today you should read: Ruth 4:1-15

How unbelievable is the foreshadowing of Christ in the book of Ruth? It’s almost overwhelming. This book is one of the clearest portrayals of the Church’s Redeemer that we later meet in the gospels.

At the end of chapter 3, we see that the desire to wed was there for both Boaz and Ruth. But now it was time for the rubber to meet the road. Would Boaz come through on his promise? Besides, there was another redeemer available for Ruth, thus he could be off the hook if he so desired. Boaz didn’t take the easy route. He pursued Ruth and he pursued this marriage. He wanted to be the redeemer, and he would take whatever avenue necessary to see it come to pass.

The other available redeemer decided that Ruth wasn’t worth squandering the rest of his inheritance over. In other words he was saying, “She isn’t worth my time or money.” Boaz knew the jewel that Ruth really was, and he leaped at the opportunity to call her wife! As we read in the text, this was no ordinary union. This was ordained of God and this was an enormous moment in redemption history. Even the women present that day knew it:

Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” Ruth 4:14-15

Through this blessed new marriage, the Messiah Jesus Christ would come. While Boaz was a great redeemer, he has nothing on Jesus. He only redeemed one, Jesus came redeem a Bride of people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.

While the parallels are really neat in this story, we shouldn’t look at them only as cutesy marriage clichés. They are much grander than that. While Ruth was worthy of pursuit, we weren’t. We (the Bride of Christ) were no jewel, not by any means. We were wretched enemies of God (Ephesians 2:1-3). In fact, we were such dark, awful, sin-driven people that we put our Redeemer on a cross. We drove nails through His hands and feet. We didn’t praise Him — we damned His name with both words and lifestyle.

He chose us anyway.

I pray today that we’re humbled that God pursued us even though He knew us. I pray that our only response to Him would be absolute devotion and worship. Blessings on your Wednesday CPC.

Posted by: Todd Thomas


Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

One thought on “September 28, 2011”

  1. I hope this works…

    If not take a little time to look up the Sidewalk Prophets song “He loves you anyway”. This reminds me of how much our Lord, Father, Redeemer really loves us! Blessings church!!

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