So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he went in to her. And the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel. May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” Ruth 4:13-15
There is a song that was sung particularly well by Bob Bennett called My Redeemer Lives. I am thinking about that song this morning and listening as I write these words. It was a song written by Samuel Medley in 1775, reflecting on Job’s expression of faith in the Bible. Ruth expresses a similar faith.
I love how Boaz is a type (forerunner) of Jesus Christ. Boaz redeems and restores and sustains. In other words, Jesus saves to the uttermost. All of the events of Ruth’s life were part of God’s grace and plan to redeem the world. From Ruth’s obedience came this miracle and ultimately the birth of Obed which would eventually lead to king David which would eventually lead to the birth of Jesus Christ!
In what ways am I living to represent Jesus Christ? How does my obedience look when compared to that of Ruth?
God, may today be a day filled with close fellowship between us. Speak and whisper what You desire in my ear. There is much to do, and much to become. I praise You this morning for Your great love and affection. Please carry along my family, friends and co-workers and prompt each by Your Spirit to a closeness as well.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcFrN9EPzuc Bob Bennett singing My Redeemer Lives