Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman’s part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the Lord liveth: lie down until the morning. – Ruth 3:13
Meditation: Who doesn’t like a love story? The book of Ruth is a not only a story of the love between a man and a woman, it is the account of one woman’s love for her mother-in-law and her new family and their God, our God. Ruth’s devotion to Naomi is almost beyond compare. She is caring and hardworking. She not only states her devotion, she does her part to insure the heritage of her departed husband and the care of her beloved mother-in-law.
By the grace of God, Ruth married into a faithful community and her devotion to Naomi did not go unnoticed. Finding her gleaning in His fields, Boaz admired her and grew to love her. Following the time of the harvest, Ruth shows Boaz her submissive devotion by ministering to him directly. Boaz responds by agreeing to save her family’s inheritance and take her hand in marriage as her kinsman redeemer.
The scene of His agreement as redeemer is filled with double meaning. According to the Law, when a man died without children, it was his nearest kinsman’s responsibility to care and take the departed ones wife as his own and raise up children in the name if the deceased to maintain the inheritance of the tribe. This law was intended to care for the family left behind and provide for Israel’s continued connection to the Promised Land. However, when applied to Jesus Christ as our Redeemer, we see that because Christ showed us compassion and agreed to take the Church as His bride, we are saved from certain doom and no hope of inheritance. By His grace we may still inherit the spiritual promised land, Kingdom of Heaven.
Call to Action: Read Isaiah 49:7-13. Consider the efforts of Christ to redeem his people, His entire people by the righteousness of His life lived in sacrifice enduring the cross. If you are living in a period of doubt and frustration, I would remind you of the words of Boaz, “Tarry this night…then will I do the part of a kinsman.”
You may be struggling for survival, but the promise of redemption is coming. In the morning, the Sun will arise shedding light on your inheritance. “Wait on the Lord : be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).