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Ruth and Naomi, more than a friendship.
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Ruth and Naomi More Than Friendship

RUTH AND NAOMI – JEW AND GENTILE 

Ruth and Naomi is the story of more than friendship between two women. Naomi, the Israelite, needed her land back. Ruth, the Gentile, needed a husband. So they helped each other, and they were both blessed.

Ruth and Naomi’s story is the story of Israel and the Church.  

NAOMI

Naomi is the wife of Elimelech, an Israelite from Bethlehem Ephrata. She represents Israel; even her name Naomi means “pleasant”, as in Israel, the pleasant land. See Psalm 106:24.

There is famine in Israel, a spiritually low time. So Naomi, Elimelech, and their two sons move to Moab, the land of the Gentiles and idols.

Soon after, Elimelech dies and leaves Naomi as a widow behind. Her sons, Mahlon and Chilion, which means “sickly” and “wasting” in Hebrew, died too. Mahlon and Chilion had married two Moabite girls, Ruth and Orpah, and left them widows behind. Naomi begs her daughters-in-law to go back to their families. Orpah turned and went back to her idols, but Ruth did not.

RUTH

Ruth claims the God of Naomi, Yahweh, as her God and abandons her idols. Ruth journeys back to Israel with Naomi, and the two women develop a tender friendship. Her name means “friendship” in Hebrew.

THE KINSMAN-REDEEMER

CONDITIONS

Under the laws of the Torah, Ruth and Naomi need a go-el, someone who would save the day for the family.

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The Concept of a Kinsman-Redeemer

TORAH LAWS

According to the laws of the Torah, land stays in a tribe. Therefore, Naomi needs a kinsman-redeemer from her tribe, blood family, to repurchase Elimelech’s land. 

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

 

It follows that she will bear children, and have grandchildren, to keep the land in the family, but she is old now. 

The same Torah laws make provision that Ruth, instead of Naomi, can marry the kinsman-redeemer. Since they are family, Naomi would get the land back, and Ruth will have the children to keep that in the family.

BOAZ

Boaz is a blood relative of Elimelech, the lawful Kinsman-Redeemer, for Ruth and Naomi. His name means “inherent strength” in Hebrew. 

God works undercover, and Boaz notices Ruth while she gathers grain in his field.  

THE SOLUTION

NAOMI CAN NOT, BUT RUTH CAN

Naomi renounces her claim on Boaz as a close relative. Instead, she hands it down to Ruth, her gentile daughter-in-law, to bring forth children.

A marriage between Ruth and Boaz is the perfect solution, solving everything. Boaz will buy back the land of Elimelech for Naomi, and Ruth will have the children to inherit the land. 

PROVISION

Naomi instructs Ruth in Jewish traditions. According to Jewish tradition, she told Ruth to ask Boaz for protection and provision: “Spread thy skirt over me.” Thus, Boaz stepped in to provide for Ruth and Naomi, and the famine did not harm them.

THE CASE FOR THE LAND

The courthouse of the day was the city gate. Boaz makes a legal case for the land and the bride. 

Ruth 4:2: “And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said: “Sit down here.” So they sat down. 3.Then he said to the close relative, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, sold the piece of land which belonged to our brother Elimelech.”

 

THE CASE FOR THE BRIDE

Boaz addresses the only man nearer to Naomi as Kinsman-Redeemer in front of the council, asking him to take on the role of the “go’el.” This man is willing to redeem the land but has no taste for the bride. He does not want to marry Ruth, and he passes it.

Ruth 4:9-10 And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, from the hand of Naomi. Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from his position at the gate.” 

 

We don’t like the traditional idea of men purchasing women, but remember that Jesus Christ bought us with His blood.

GENEALOGY OF BOAZ AND RUTH

Boaz and Ruth had a son Obed. Obed had a son Jesse, and Jesse had a son David. Thus, Boaz and Ruth became part of the Messianic bloodline from which Jesus would be born.

JESUS OUR REDEEMER 

In Revelation 5, we encounter a scroll with seven seals. It is the Title Deed for the earth, and the only one allowed to open it has to be a Kinsman-Redeemer. 

 

Jesus our Kinsman-Redeemer

TORAH LAWS

According to the laws of the Torah, land stays in a tribe. Therefore, Naomi needs a kinsman-redeemer from her tribe, blood family, to repurchase Elimelech’s land. 

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

 

It follows that she will bear children, and have grandchildren, to keep the land in the family, but she is old now. 

The same Torah laws make provision that Ruth, instead of Naomi, can marry the kinsman-redeemer. Since they are family, Naomi would get the land back, and Ruth will have the children to keep that in the family.

BOAZ

Boaz is a blood relative of Elimelech, the lawful Kinsman-Redeemer, for Ruth and Naomi. His name means “inherent strength” in Hebrew. 

God works undercover, and Boaz notices Ruth while she gathers grain in his field.  

THE SOLUTION

NAOMI CAN NOT, BUT RUTH CAN

Naomi renounces her claim on Boaz as a close relative. Instead, she hands it down to Ruth, her gentile daughter-in-law, to bring forth children.

A marriage between Ruth and Boaz is the perfect solution, solving everything. Boaz will buy back the land of Elimelech for Naomi, and Ruth will have the children to inherit the land. 

PROVISION

Naomi instructs Ruth in Jewish traditions. According to Jewish tradition, she told Ruth to ask Boaz for protection and provision: “Spread thy skirt over me.” Thus, Boaz stepped in to provide for Ruth and Naomi, and the famine did not harm them.

THE CASE FOR THE LAND

The courthouse of the day was the city gate. Boaz makes a legal case for the land and the bride. 

Ruth 4:2: “And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said: “Sit down here.” So they sat down. 3.Then he said to the close relative, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, sold the piece of land which belonged to our brother Elimelech.”

 

THE CASE FOR THE BRIDE

Boaz addresses the only man nearer to Naomi as Kinsman-Redeemer in front of the council, asking him to take on the role of the “go’el.” This man is willing to redeem the land but has no taste for the bride. He does not want to marry Ruth, and he passes it.

Ruth 4:9-10 And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, from the hand of Naomi. Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from his position at the gate.” 

 

We don’t like the traditional idea of men purchasing women, but remember that Jesus Christ bought us with His blood.

GENEALOGY OF BOAZ AND RUTH

Boaz and Ruth had a son Obed. Obed had a son Jesse, and Jesse had a son David. Thus, Boaz and Ruth became part of the Messianic bloodline from which Jesus would be born.

JESUS OUR REDEEMER 

In Revelation 5, we encounter a scroll with seven seals. It is the Title Deed for the earth, and the only one allowed to open it has to be a Kinsman-Redeemer. 

Revelation 5:2 “Who is worthy to open the book, and to lose the seals thereof. 5. Weep not: behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.”

 

GOD’S LAND

The land of Israel belongs to God. In Leviticus, God lays out the “Law of Redemption” for Israel. The Israelites could lease the land but not sell it to non-family members. Every lease lasted only for a designated number of years or until the year of Jubilee. In that 50th year, the land would return to the original Jewish owners.

We see this principle when God instructs Jeremiah to buy land. God tells him to purchase land, and Jeremiah’s descendants can return and claim the land. 

Jeremiah 32:10 I signed and sealed the deed, had it witnessed, and weighed out the silver on the scales.

 

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THE RIGHTFUL OWNER

In ancient Israel, the Title Deed was a scroll with seven seals, and it was named the rightful owner. On its backside, it would hold the details for the redemption procedure. Only the near Kinsman Redeemer can break the seals.

WRAPPING IT UP

God has a plan for Israel and a plan for the Church. Jesus Christ is the Kinsman-Redeemer who will bless them both.

THE END

 

Sources used for RUTH AND NAOMI:

Book: Romance of Redemption by Dr Chuck Missler.

biblehub.com – bible and commentaries

blueletterbible.org – bible and commentaries

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