Men of Wisdom: Dr. Chuck Missler (God, as Goel II)

Chapter 4: The Redemption

* Boaz confronts the nearer kinsman:
– He is willing to redeem the property but 
– He is not willing to take Ruth to wife
(The goel must assume full duties; but he cannot; so..)
– He yields his shoe to relieve the obligation
*Boaz steps up:
– He purchases the land for Naomi, and
– He purchases Ruth as bride

Typological Analysis:

* Naomi is the picture of Israel –> Israel is given back her land
(How did Israel loose it in the first place? –> They went out – exile!)

*Ruth = the Gentile bride –> The kinsman-redeemer takes a Gentile woman as bride
According to the Torah, however, He was forbidden to marry a Moabitess. (!) but remember who Boaz’ mother was: Rahab (the Jericho harlot)! What the law could not permit, race and grace could. [Deut. 23: 2-3]

*The Goel/ kinsman-redeemer had to be a man (Rev. 5)
– must be able to perform the obligations
– must be willing to perform
– must assume all the obligation
–> the cost was very high!

Important Observations:
  1. Naomi had to be exiled
  2. What the law couldn’t do, grace could
  3. Ruth does not replace Naomi
  4. Ruth learns of Boaz’ ways through Naomi
  5. Naomi meets Boaz through Ruth
  6. Not until Ruth and Boaz are joined does Naomi see Boaz
  7. No matter how much Boaz loved and desired Ruth, she needed to approach him first.
    However, Boaz- not Ruth– confront the nearer kinsman. Christ our defence, is also our judge!
(!) The book of Ruth is always read at the Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot) – the birthplace of the Church (Acts 2)

4 Comments Add yours

  1. visitor says:

    I completely get it!

    Naomi= Israel
    Ruth = the Church
    Boaz= type of Christ

    beautiful. simply, beautiful!
    thanks for sharing

  2. just me says:

    makes perfct sense!

    now this is what i call BIBLE STUDY

  3. DeMorrieaux says:

    Glad to read this. Thank you both!

  4. Anonymous says:

    this makes a whole lot of sense

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