“Moreover, I have acquired Ruth . . .” Ruth 4:10
If we try to save ourselves with our own works, we will never experience the mystery of redemption, or loving dependence on God. Salvation is God’s free gift. The message of Jesus is in breaking of gratuitous redemption. God works not to pay us back, but to have us back once and for all.
How vital for God to be a kinsman-redeemer. Throughout scripture God is described again and again as the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
The psalmist saw God as “my rock, my redeemer.” They sent up a cry to heaven, “draw near to me, redeem me, set me free from my enemies.” The hurting confided in God, “He delivers the needy when He calls.” “From oppression and violence He redeems their life.” Over and over God filled their hearts, confession spilled out of their mouths, “you are the God who works wonders with your mighty arm, you redeemed your people.” “The Lord redeems your life from the pit, He crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.” Without question, “He has delivered the people from the power of the enemy.” So, then, “let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from trouble.”
God is the one who stands by the oppressed, who calls people to be His own covenant family by rescuing them from slavery, who by His mighty arm liberates the captives and offers them a new freedom and a new hope. This is the expression of His life and mercy – a deep concern for the material, emotional, and spiritual warfare of His people.
This is the character of our kinsman-redeemer – the One who, by His actions on behalf of those in need, demonstrates loyalty and fidelity to His people. And from this position of helpless need, the good news breaks in that Naomi and Ruth have a kinsman-redeemer.
Listen to your Redeemer, as He speaks to your heart, “For the love of you, I left my Father’s side, I came to you. For the love of you I was punched, beaten and fixed to a wooden cross.” Once you come to know the love of Jesus Christ, nothing else will seem desirable.
Do you know what it is to love Jesus?