The book of Ruth is a precious love story. Naomi loved her daughters-in-law, and they loved her. Ruth loved Naomi enough to leave her own family and travel with her mother-in-law to Naomi’s homeland. And Ruth learned to love Naomi’s God.
One of the greatest declarations of love ever recorded is here in these chapters. You probably have even heard it read at a wedding or two.
Boaz demonstrated love toward Ruth in a lot of little ways, from making sure she had grain to pick, to seeing to her mid-day meals, to making sure she was safe.
But the main theme in Ruth’s story is redemption. As a widow, and a foreigner, Ruth had no claim on her husband’s inheritance. But when Boaz paid the price for her redemption, she belonged to him, became his wife, and was guaranteed a position in that family. She received all the blessings being part of that family afforded her.
I’ve been redeemed, too. As a sinner, I had no claim on heaven, or the inheritance promised to a child of God. But when Jesus died on the cross and paid the price for me, I was able to be redeemed through His grace and mercy.
I belong to Jesus! All in Him is mine. And He lavishes me with every good thing.
Redeemed! How I love to proclaim it.
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
Redeemed through His infinite mercy.
His child, and forever I am.
(Fannie Crosby, 1882)