Back to Old School: Ruth "Redeemed"
Redeemed: to buy back, to purchase ones freedom, to free from bondage, to regain ones property
In the beautiful true story of Ruth, we see the beautiful story of her being "redeemed" and through God's master plan, Ruth becomes an ancestor of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ!
As you study the story of Ruth, you will enjoy the elements and themes carried out in a most beautiful love story. Orchestrated by God you will see loss and loyalty, a return to a homeland with a special guest, a covertly planned midnight meeting, a public transaction, an unlikely marriage, a child and most of all love.
All of us need to be redeemed - to be saved from our sin and the guilt that our sin produces.
The word redeemed is translated from the Greek word "lytrosis" meaning literally "a ransoming" "deliverance" or "a rescue."
That is exactly what Christ did on the cross over 2000 years ago.
Our lives are doomed from the beginning to a life apart from God, a life that does not involve heaven. Until we are "redeemed" from sin, our fate is sure.
God hates the sin that is in us - and cannot allow us into a holy and righteous heaven. But He loves us and sent us a "Redeemer!"
Romans 6:8 - "God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners."
Christ literally became our "lytrosis!"
Furthermore, we see in Romans 6:9 - "and since we have been made right in God's sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God's condemnation."
In our story today we find Boaz as the "Redeemer" for Ruth. God is in the business of redemption - and Boaz was conceived as part of this plan to show this mega-theme! Boaz's mother was no other than Rahab, the prostitute who hid the Israelite spies and gained her freedom from her city's destruction by means of hanging a Scarlet Rope from her window. Rahab was redeemed from a life of sin to also become an ancestor of Jesus!
Boaz and Ruth miraculously had son named Obed who was the father of King David- one who also experienced redemption from God and a key figure in the earthly ancestry of Christ our redeemer!
Just like Ruth - we all need a redeemer! Are you part of "the redeemed?" If so, have you sufficiently thanked God for being your "lytrosis?"
Ruth went from being a foreigner to being redeemed to become a redeemed herself. The earthly grandmother of David - the ancestral line of Jesus Christ our Lord!
Once you have been redeemed, you too can share about the Redeemer with everyone everywhere so they too can experience "lytrosis" through Christ!
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