Now Boaz had gone up to the gate and sat down there. And behold, the redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, “Turn aside, friend; sit down here.” And he turned aside and sat down. And he took ten men of the elders of the city and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down. Then he said to the redeemer, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. So I thought I would tell you of it and say, ‘Buy it in the presence of those sitting here and in the presence of the elders of my people.’ If you will redeem it, redeem it. But if you will not, tell me, that I may know, for there is no one besides you to redeem it, and I come after you.” And he said, “I will redeem it.” Then Boaz said, “The day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the widow of the dead, in order to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance.” Then the redeemer said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I impair my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it.” Ruth 4:1-6 ESV
This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12 ESV
Edward the Eighth was the king of England, but he had a problem. He was in love with a woman named Wallis Simpson and wanted to marry her. But he couldn’t marry her and stay king, because she was an American and because she had been divorced. It was against the rules for Edward to marry Wallis if he wanted to be the king. If Edward stopped being the king, his brother George was next in line. When Edward decided to marry Wallis and stop being the king, George became the king in his place.
Boaz was not the first person in line in his family to buy back the land that belonged to Naomi and marry Ruth. There was another person in the family who was first in line, and it was this person’s responsibility to take care of it. This relative was willing to buy Naomi’s land, but then he found out that he would also have to marry Ruth. This was a problem for him. Probably he was already married and had sons, and didn’t want things to be mixed up by having another wife and needing to be fair to everyone. So he stepped aside and didn’t become the family’s redeemer. Boaz was next in line, and he took care of things instead.
When we were lost and separated from God, there was only one person who could redeem us and bring us back to God. Jesus was that person. If Jesus had stepped aside and not been our redeemer, there was no one else who could have done it instead. He is the only possible Savior, and he didn’t turn away from us. He came to buy us back for God, and the price was his blood on the cross. Because of Jesus, we are in God’s family again and will be with God now and forever.
Dear Jesus, thank you for being our Savior and Redeemer. Amen.