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The Lord Redeems - The Book of Ruth

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Set in the days of the Judges, the book of Ruth is one of the most beautiful short stories ever written. Unlike the book of Judges, with its stories of great charismatic leaders and their extraordinary deeds, Ruth gives us another side to life in those days where simple faith in God’s providence is commended and where God works with his invisible hands in bringing the main protagonists from bereavement to peace and security. The tension lines in the story are resolved with the introduction of a Kinsman-Redeemer. Living this side of the Cross, we have a far richer understanding of the phrase ‘Kinsman-Redeemer’ than Naomi, Ruth and Boaz could have understood. From there, the story line of the bible takes us to King David, and finally to the Lord Jesus Christ himself.