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Ruth 4:13-15 • Redeemer & Restorer

“So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he went in to her. And the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. Then the women said to Naomi, ‘Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel. May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.'”
    —Ruth 4:13-15 (NASB)

Yes, Naomi needed a redeemer. “Redeemer” was actually a technical, legal Old Testament term describing someone who could make recovery for a family member by marrying a widow to bear children and continue the family name, to continue the family inheritance allotted in the Promised Land, or to avenge injustice. In the course of Naomi’s life there were elements of all three. But she also needed a redeemer for these things from an eternal perspective as well. And through the redeemer of her earthly life would eventually come the Messiah, the Redeemer of eternal life who would provide Naomi redemption for her eternal name, heavenly inheritance, and ultimate justice for all time.

How rarely do we take the long view of what is at work in our life’s service to God. How limited the focus of our prayers to the things of the here and now. Even when projecting out a bit, we so rarely seek that His will be done beyond the confines of our lifetime and thus limit the focus of our faith to what will be done here and now. And yet we are the product of faithfulness of so many generations before us, God’s plan coming together for us here and now based on its origin long before we were born and heading to work for generations to come after us.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”
    —Ephesians 1:3-6 (NASB)

God has provided us with a Redeemer both for the here and now, but even more importantly for what is to come. I can’t help but believe that we would probably better handle the issues of the here-and-now better if we embraced the longer view of what is being accomplished in the whole of eternity. We might glimpse that these things are temporary and taken care of for those of us having received the Redeemer for the future and the Restorer for the present.