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Ron Writes

Our Kinsman Redeemer

Under the Old Law, if someone lost their inheritance, the law provided for it to be redeemed. The Law of Redemption was established (Lev. 25:23ff). The nearest relative could step forward and buy back what his relative had lost. This rich benefactor was referred to as the kinsman redeemer. He would pay the ransom price and buy back that which was lost whether it was property or the person forced to be sold into slavery.

The story of Ruth culminates with Boaz, the kinsman redeemer purchasing back what was lost by his relative, Elimelech. Not only was he to buy back the property of his relative, but he also was to redeem the man’s name by marrying his widow and raising children in his name. The story of Boaz and Ruth reveals the requirements to be a redeemer:

  1. He had to be a near relative
  2. He must be able to redeem
  3. He must be willing to redeem
  4. Redemption was complete when the price was paid.

Job lamented that he didn’t have a redeemer. Yet, with faith and hope he proclaimed, “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth” (Job 19:25).

The Old Testament is a story of redemption. When Israel’s freedom was lost in Egypt, God told them “I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm” (Ex. 6:6).

We lost our inheritance by sin. We couldn’t buy it back. We didn’t have the redemption price. But Jesus could pay the price. He’s a near relative. Only Jesus is willing and able to pay the price. He is our kinsman redeemer. The ransom price was His very own blood, which is more precious than gold. God has not left you without a redeemer.