November 26, 2021

THE REDEEMER - Bro. T. Stephen

Dearly Beloved in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and ever unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The Blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Ruth 4:14, “The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel.’’

From the above context we see how Ruth and Naomi went to Bethlehem and there Ruth worked for Boaz in his farm, to make her living. Boaz was a wealthy man. He wanted to marry Ruth a Moabites widow but he was wise to give an opportunity to a man who was Naomi’s near kinsman. Boaz asked him if he could buy the piece of land and also marry Ruth but 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.” 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. Therefore the close relative said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself.” So he took off his sandal. And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, from the hand of Naomi. Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to have an inheritance, in the place of the dead. Therefore Boaz– legally redeemed both the property and the posterity of Elimelech, and took Ruth, the woman he loved, as his wife. There was a contract between Boaz and the nearest kin of Naomi. As a result Ruth married Boaz a rich man.

The fact that Boaz and Ruth were able to raise up a son to the deceased Elimelech, was evidence of God’s blessing. God blessed Naomi through Ruth. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” Look how blessed Naomi was! She now had a grandson; she was now famous in Israel. Naomi’s original returning to the Lord began all this great work of God. If Naomi had not decided to go back to Bethlehem, the land of Israel, and the God of Israel, none of this would have happened. This is a marvellous demonstration of what God can do through one poor woman who gets right with Him. Ruth and Boaz: were Great-grandparents to David, king of Israel. The Bible says, Boaz begot Obed; Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David. And David had a descendant named Jesus! Praise Be To God. Hallelujah!

Similarly God wants to maintain a contract between you and God. So He sent His only Begotten son to redeem you by his death on the cross. He came to restore all that you have lost in your life. Just as He gave another life to Ruth who was a widow and had lost all hope of living a married life, God sent Boaz into her life, God rejuvenated her life. God honours those who wait upon Him. God will honour you also if you will only wait on Him. You shall recover all that you had lost in your business. All your debts will be cleared. You shall be well placed in the society like Naomi and Ruth. They were honoured by the people in the town. All the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, “We are witnesses”: And they said, The Lord make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. God will honour you when you remain honest to Him. God Bless you.

Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Dear Lord, We thank You for blessing Naomi through Ruth. Thank You Lord for honouring them in the midst of the people in the town and also blessed Ruth with a Son called Obed. We thank You for Boaz, who represents Christ Himself, who came to restore all that we have lost. Honour us also, who wait upon You, each day of our life.

In Jesus Name We Pray.

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