WHO IS OUR KINSMAN REDEEMER?

Posted: October 25, 2010 in Church, Jesus Christ
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Rom 15: 4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

 Background:

Ruth 2: 1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name [was] Boaz.

 Ruth 4: 13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.

 Ruth is not just a beautiful love story, but is have a powerful spiritual principle to teach us.

Let’s start at the beginning.  A woman and her husband had two sons.

 Ruth 1: 2 And the name of the man [was] Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.

 There was a famine in Israel at the time and so they left.  The two sons married Moabite women.   One was called Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth:  Now such was the times Naomi husband and two sons died.   It is about this time Naomi decides to return to her own people. 

 Ruth 1: 8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

 It is then we see these immortal words from Ruth mouth:

 Ruth 1: 16-17 Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, [or] to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people [shall be] my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, [if ought] but death part thee and me.

 Ruth sister Orpah return to her Moabite people and we never hear from her again.  Ruth continues with Naomi back to Israel. 

 Redeemer.

 So we have two women who for all intents are homeless and destitute.  That’s why we see Ruth Gleaning in the field.  Under the Law the poor were able to feed at the edge of the field.  In comes Boaz into the picture.  This is his field. 

 Deu 25:5  If brethren shall dwell together, and one of them shall die and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without to a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in to her, and take her to him for a wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her.

 Math 22: 24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother

 There was a law that said if a husband of a wife died then his brother could marry his wife and raise up a seed / children to continue that lineage.  Boaz was an almost close relationship to Naomi.  But there was one closer

 Ruth 3: 9 And he said, Who [art] thou? And she answered, I [am] Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou [art] a near kinsman.

 Ruth was signifying her need to have a covering and for someone to redeem her .

Boaz saw the need and was willing to be her Kinsman redeemer.

 Ruth 3: 13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, [that] if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman’s part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, [as] the LORD liveth: lie down until the morning

 This is where it gets interesting.  Naomi had a closer relative then Boaz and this was Elimelech’s.   Elimelech’s represents the LAW which has a prior claim on the believer.  The law demands justice.  There was a field attached to this Redeeming, and Elimelech was all in favour of having it.  It was his right as a close relative to buy it.  Just as the Law has the right over a person so long as he lives.  Who was able to redeem the earth?  The law could not redeem it.  The law was holy but it did not have the power to save those who failed to keep its precepts.

  Now the story goes like this.  Boaz says to Elimelech if you buy the land you will have to take Ruth as well.  

 Elimelech says

 Ruth 4: 6 And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem [it] for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem [it].

 It is important that you catch this.  Elimelech would not and could not agree to redeem Ruth.  He did not want to corrupt his own lineage.   So also the law cannot redeem men and women.  Religion is to all intends is a means to try and conform to an outward code of conduct.  What the law demands man in his sin cannot perform.  Law is holy but it did not have the power.  It demands justice and we in ourselves could not redeem ourselves.

 Now Boaz represents Christ.  He is willing to redeem the sinner at his own cost/ cavalry.  He had to become one of us/ Human.  He had to be more than mere human because he had to have the power to redeem us.  So in order for Jesus to be able to redeem mankind he had to become the kinsman redeemer.  Like us and yet without sin.  Everything Jesus did was according to the Law.  The pattern was already set down.  Some people like the Moslems believe that the Jews changed certain parts of the Bible.  However this will not work as what was predicted came about as predicted.  The Bible fits like a jigsaw.  We either embrace all or none of it.

 This is our Kinsman redeemer:

 Is 53: 2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted……… He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him [a portion] with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

 It speaks about a man who will be offered for the sons of his people.  Yet though he is killed he will see his seed / lineage, the Lord will prolong his days/ resurrection.  And he will see those to whom he suffered.

 Job 19: 25-27  For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth: And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.

 The glorious hope of every believer spoken by Job hundreds of years before Isaiah even spoke the prophecy of Is 53.

 1 John 3: 16 Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.

Rev 1:7- 8 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith th…e Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the ALMIGHTY.

So who is coming in the clouds and calling himself ALPHA AND OEMGA? Almighty . Who is the almight ? JESUS.

Rev 1: 17-18 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death

 Jesus is named in every book of the Bible… Something a friend reminded me.

In Genesis He is The Seed of The Woman. In Exodus: The Passover Lamb. In Leviticus He is The High Priest. In Numbers The Cloud and The Fire, In Deuteronomy He is The Prophet Like Moses. Joshua God sends Him as The Captain of Our Salvation, In Judges He is The Judge And Lawgiver.

The book of Ruth presents Him as The Kinsman Redeemer, in 1 & 2 Samuel He is The Prophet of The Lord. The books of 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles declare Him The Reigning King while in Ezra He is The Faithful Scribe. Nehemiah pictures Him as The Rebuilder of The Broken Down Walls.

In Esther He is Mordecai. Job describes Him as The Dayspring From on High. In Psalms, The Lord Who Is Our Shepherd, Proverbs & Ecclesiastes call Him Wisdom. The Song of Solomon declares him as The Lover & Bridegroom, and Isaiah says He is The Prince of Peace.

In Jeremiah & Lamentations He is The Weeping Prophet, while Ezekiel writes that He is The Wheel Turning. Daniel names Him The 4th Man in The Fiery Furnace, to Hosea The Bridegroom Married to The Backslidden Woman. Joel declares Him Baptized With The Holy Spirit And Fire while Amos calls Him The Burden Bearer.

The book of Obadiah speaks of Him as The Mighty Savior, while Jonah says He is The Forgiving God. In Micah He is The Messenger With Beautiful Feet, but Nahum prophesizes Him as The Avenger of God’s Elect. Habakkuk speaks of The Great Evangelist, Crying For Revival, while Zephaniah describes Him as The Restorer of God’s Lost Heritage.

In Haggai he is The Cleansing Fountain, Zechariah: The Merciful Father and Malachi calls Him The Son of Righteousness, Rising with Healing in His Wings.

Matthew: The Messiah, Mark: The Wonder Worker, Luke: The Son of Man, John: The Son of God. In Acts He is The Ascended Lord, In Romans The Justifier. In 1 & 2 Corinthians He is called The Last Adam, Galatians declares He is The One Who Sets Us Free. Ephesians calls Him The Christ of Riches, while in Philippians: The God Who Meets Our Every Need.

Colossians describes Him as The Fullness of The Godhead, 1 & 2 Thessalonians: The Soon Coming King, 1 & 2 Timothy: The Mediator Between God And Man. Titus calls Him The Blessed Hope, while Philemon: The Friend That Sticks Closer Than a Brother.

In the book of Hebrews He is The Blood That Washes Away My Sins. James declares Him The Great Physician. In 1 & 2 Peter declare Him The Chief Shepherd while in 1 & 2 & 3 John: Everlasting Love. Jude cries The God our Savior and in Revelation He is The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords

 The redeemed

 Rev 7: 9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

  The promise is that Christ would see his seed.  We are that seed.

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