Read it! Ruth 2:14-23
“The Lord bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law.
“He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.”
She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our Kinsman-redeemers.”
Think it through
I am fascinated by the idea of a Kinsman Redeemer.
In Ruth, the title “Kinsman Redeemer” refers to male relatives of a deceased husband who had the option to come forward and “redeem” the widow: to marry her and care for her. Without a Kinsman Redeemer, a Jewish widow had very few options. Like Ruth, they were reduced to gathering dropped bits of grain in order to eat.
To me, the words Kinsman Redeemer bring up a “knight in shining armor” kind of image. Someone who, because of love or honor, rescues the damsel in distress. Like Boaz sweeping Ruth off her feet, marrying her, loving her, and taking care of her.
Wait—being saved by the handsome prince is so 1950’s Sleeping Beauty, right? Ever since Belle sacrificed herself for her father and ran to the castle to save the Beast, Disney has been teaching our girls that they don’t need a guy to save them. Merida and Elsa didn’t need love interests at all. Real princesses save themselves.
Overall, I think it’s good for our girls to hear this message. But we have to be careful about too much self-sufficiency, because we all need rescued. We’re princess who can’t save ourselves. We’ve gotten ourselves into a predicament, and we have no chance of getting ourselves out of it.
Not without our Kinsman Redeemer.
Live it like you mean it
Everyone has fallen short of the glory of God; all have sinned. Only Christ can redeem us. It’s important to take a moment to acknowledge that, to ask for forgiveness, and to thank our Savior.
Sometimes I find myself trying so hard to make good choices, to be a good Christian, that I forget how much Christ redeems me. Not just how He saved me in the first place, but how He redeems me every day. When I turn over my sins to Him, He is my Kinsman Redeemer. Hopefully He’s yours as well.
Lift it up
Lord Jesus, thank You so much for being my Kinsman Redeemer. I am so sorry for each and every time I’ve fallen short of Your glory. Thank You for taking on all of my mistakes, bad attitudes, and wrong choices and washing them clean. I look to you as my Savior and Redeemer, always. Amen.
Tell Me About It
Do you ever find yourself struggling with being saved by grace, not by works?
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