Sunday, 1 August 2010

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

As we focus on the book of Ruth in our Family sermon series, I am reminded of how the book ends, with Boaz marrying Ruth, who gives birth to Obed, the grandfather of King David. The women made this declaration to Naomi,
Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age.” (Ruth 4:14)

This concept of “kinsman-redeemer” is rare in the Bible, repeated mainly in this book, but serves as an archetype of both the past, when God redeemed His people Israel from slavery in Egypt (Ex 6:6), as well as a foreshadow of Christ as our ultimate Redeemer, from the bondages of sin and death, that we might receive the blessings and full rights of sonship (Gal 3:14; 4:5). Indeed, God has been our Redeemer from ages past, throughout biblical and church history, He shows Himself faithful time and time again to His servants and people. To this day, God continues to be our Rock and our Redeemer (Ps 78:35).

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