Promises Volume Ten - Day Twenty Four
God had made a provision in the law to handle just such a situation that Naomi and Ruth faced. It was called the kinsman-redeemer. Simply stated this law allowed a close relative to marry the childless widow of his relative and the firstborn son would bear the family name of the dead husband. The child would legally be the son of the deceased and all of the benefits, property, etc. of the family would be inherited by this son.
In this story, Boaz was the kinsman-redeemer. He was both a close relative and a wealthy land owner. God had led Ruth to glean the fields owned by this man, even though she did not have a clue as to who he was and she had never heard of the law of the kinsman-redeemer; but Naomi had.
When Naomi heard that Ruth was gleaning in the fields of Boaz, and that he had given her favor, she began to realize that God was working to restore her fruitfulness and reward her faithfulness.
God has prepared people who will come into our lives to be the bearers of his blessing and his will for our lives. We must be diligent to see and hear what opportunities he is bringing to us.
Prayer: Father, grant me the wisdom to look beyond my circumstances and see how that you are arranging my life so that you can reveal your purposes for me. In Jesus name, amen.
Message: God has prepared people who will come into our lives to be the bearers of his blessing and his will for our lives. We must be diligent to see and hear what opportunities he is bringing to us.
Affirmation: I recognize that God is trying to lead me into a blessing and diligently look and listen so that I won’t miss his blessing.
Reflection: Do you understand the principle of the kinsman-redeemer? Simply stated it is when a man dies before his wife bears a son to carry his name then the next of kin will take the woman to be his wife and the first son born will carry the name of the man who died. Some have seen a connection with Jesus as our kinsman-redeemer. Can you see that connection?
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