THE ROLE of the kinsman-redeemer and God’s willingness to accept Gentiles who seek Him are the themes of the Book of Ruth, which records the story of a young widow from Moab who finds favor and “rest”–security–in the person of Boaz, a relative of her late father-in-law.
We discuss the faith and loyalty of Ruth, the love of her mother-in-law Naomi, and the role of Boaz as a Christ figure as he fulfilled the role of kinsman-redeemer–and in the process, became the great-grandfather of David, the future king of Israel.
PEOPLE BEING what we are, the Lord had to set rules for dealing with the shedding of human blood, both accidental and premeditated. So six “cities of refuge” were established among the land given to the Israelites, and the Lord established the role of the avenger of blood, a designated executioner to take vengeance on those guilty of purposely killing another.
We discuss the avenger of blood, the kinsman-redeemer, and the parallels with the role Jesus Christ, the Messiah, plays in redeeming us from our sins, and his future role as the Avenger of Blood on all who reject his offer of salvation by grace.