Redemption (Ruth #6)

Text: Ruth 4

Place of Redemption (vs 1)

  • Boaz goes to the gate, which is the place of decision.  The place where wise counsel meetings are held.
  • The Lord had highlighted the place for years
    • Mt. Moriah – Abraham and Isaac
    • David at the threshingfloor of Ornan
    • Solomon’s temple and the altar
    • the cross of Jesus Christ
  • Someone here today may be going to the wrong place for redemption
    • unsaved looking for redemption in a place that doesn’t offer redemption
    • Christian go to the cross for redemption, then turn away immediately and start living our lives.

Publicity of Redemption (vs 2)

  • I notice redemption is a public matter.
  • Boaz gathers witnesses to see the redemption
  • Jesus Christ gathers the witnesses
    • If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to me
    • Colossians 2:13-15
    • 2 Timothy 3:16
  • Cross of Jesus Christ is not a secret
    • what about the heathen in Africa?  Well, what are you doing about it?
    • God does not do something this meaningful and powerful and hide it.  Who takes a light and hides it under a bushel Jesus asked in the gospels.

Price of Redemption (vss 3-6)

  • Boaz genuinely loves Ruth
  • In spite of redemption’s cost because redemption does have a cost
    • Boaz willing to mar his inheritance.
    • Philippians 2:5-7
  • Greatness not in the accumulation of things or possessions, but by the sacrifice and what you’re willing to give up
  • World thinks like this man, it will cost me my inheritance
    • Irony is those who don’t want to be associated with redemption are never heard from again.
    • Those who choose redemption will gain what the other man was afraid to lose.

Promise of Redemption (vss 7-8)

  • Deuteronomy 25:7-10
  • unwanted by one, but wanted by the Redeemer
  • Testimony of a shoe
    • promise land associated with the feet – Genesis 13:17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
    • told Moses take off your shoes, you’re on holy ground
    • John the baptist said of Jesus Christ whose shoelatchet I am not worthy to unloose
    • Redeemer has the shoes
  • How beautiful are the feet of him that bringeth glad tidings
  • feet shod with the preparation of the gospel – some Christians have taken off their shoes.  Taken off their gospel shoes.  Chosen not to be a part of God’s work.

Purchase of Redemption

  • In Ruth 4:9-10, Boaz buys back the land that belonged to Naomi just as the Lord Jesus Christ will return the promise land to the Jews when He comes again as King of kings.
  • Boaz also buys all that pertained to the boys, Mahlon and Chilion.  Even paid the price for the deniers.  There is no such thing as limited atonement.  The price is paid for all. 2 Peter 2:1, 1 John 2:2, 1 Timothy 2:6
  • Boaz next purchased Ruth to be his wife in Ruth 4:10.  The Bible says that God purchased the flock of God with his own blood in Acts 20:28.
  • Finally, Boaz raises up children by Ruth just as the Lord Jesus Christ raises up children to God according to John 1:12. Sons of God come after the resurrection, after the body of Christ is begun.

Power of Redemption

  • Ruth is fruitful after she is redeemed
    • your life isn’t fruitful until it is redeemed
    • there is no fruit in any area of your life that is still yielded to the flesh
    • redeeming the time
  • Naomi’s restoration
  • As the curtain closes on the book and the lights dim, Naomi is highlighted to show that she is restored and better off than she was in chapter 1

Purpose of Redemption

  • brought into a royal line
  • Tamar is a Gentile note what the crowd says about Ruth being like Tamar bearing Phares