Ruth (Rut) Chapter 3 (Continued)

Rut 3:12-13 And now it is true I am a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I. Remain this night, and when morning comes, if he will redeem you, good; let him redeem you. But if he does not wish to redeem you, then I will redeem you, as the L-RD lives. Lie down until morning."

a relative closer than I - Boaz cannot perform the role of kinsman redeemer unless the closer relative is unwilling to do it.

Boaz is willing to do it if the nearer kinsman refuses. He makes Rut a solemn oath when he uses the words “as the L-RD lives”.

Lie down until morning - Boaz is not suggesting a sexual encounter. He probably does not want her walking around in the middle of the night alone.

Rut 3:14 So she lay at his feet until morning and rose before one could recognize another; and he said, "Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor."

lay at his feet - It seems that she laid with her body forming a “T” with Boaz’s body. The execution stake, which Yeshua died for our sins on, was in the shape of a “T”. Interesting.

She left early in the morning so that she would not have people gossiping that she was an immoral woman.

Rut 3:15 Again he said, "Give me the cloak that is on you and hold it." So she held it, and he measured six measures of barley and laid it on her. Then she went into the city.

six measures of barley - Some translations say six ephahs of barley, however that would be too heavy for her to carry about 200 pounds. This may have been six seahs about 60 to 80 pounds.

One ephah was .65 bushel, 20.8 quarts (22 liters) One Seah was 7 quarts (7.3 liters)

Rut 3:16-18 And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, "How did it go, my daughter?" And she told her all that the man had done for her. And she said, "These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said, 'Do not go to your mother-in-law empty-handed.'" Then she said, "Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he has settled it today." (NAS)

I bet Naomi didn’t sleep all night. She knows that Boaz is a man of his word and he will do what he said he would do.

In chapter 2 we looked at the role of kinsman redeemer. Now we will look at how Yeshua fulfills the role of kinsman redeemer.

A close relative could redeem:

  1. One in slavery.

    Yeshua is a brother who is able to redeem us from being slaves to sin.

    Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brothers in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to G-d, to make propitiation(satisfaction) for the sins of the people. (NAS)

    Romans 6:15-18 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to G-d that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. (NAS)

  2. Land that was lost.

    Because of the fall of mankind, man lost the title of the earth to HaSatan.

    Genesis 3:17-19 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. "Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, And to dust you shall return. " (NAS)

  3. Alienated from G-d the Father by sin.

    2 Corinthians 5:18-21 Now all these things are from G-d, who reconciled us to Himself through Messiah (Christ), and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that G-d was in Messiah (Christ) reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors(emissaries) for Christ, as though G-d were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Messiah (Christ), be reconciled to G-d. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of G-d in Him. (NAS)

    Yeshua HaMashiach is our Kinsman Redeemer and shows us loving kindness.

    Isa 5:20-21 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And clever in their own sight! (NAS)