Jesus Is The True & Better Boaz

from the Advent 2015: Born Is The King reading plan


Ruth 2:1-12, Ruth 3:1-13, Ruth 4:1-6, 13-17, Isaiah 54:4-8, Matthew 1:5-6, Matthew 1:16

BY Guest Writer

These past couple years have felt dark and heavy for my wife and me. Every night we tuck someone else’s child into bed in the bedroom we had prepared for our daughter. And with each passing night we are reminded of how the world is badly broken. Because the world is broken, our daughter is dead. Because the world is broken, there is a little boy whose mom and dad are ill-suited to raise him. Because we are broken, there is a surfacing frustration and impatience in us that we’ve never known until now, even as we have the privilege of caring for a beautiful foster child who is not our own.

We see, more than ever, how desperately our world and our hearts need to be redeemed. The whole world, along with our own hearts, is filled with unspeakable heartache and hatred, suffering and rebellion.

It is clear that we need a redeemer.

Ruth knew this same brokenness. She was from Moab, a morally corrupt region that worshipped false gods. Her husband had died, along with her brother and father-in-law, leaving her and her mother-in-law Naomi to fend for themselves in a season of famine. She was widowed and hungry and hopeless.

It was clear that she needed a redeemer.

Boaz was from Bethlehem. He was wealthy and generous. Although Ruth was a foreigner and an outcast, he took notice of her and showed her great favor. He generously provided for her and Naomi. And, after a series of events and in accordance with Hebrew law, he became her kinsman redeemer—thus making a covenant with her that would vindicate and defend her, give her a home, and redeem her.

We are like Ruth—only needier. Jesus is like Boaz—only better.

Like Boaz, Jesus came to redeem the outcast and needy, to make a covenant with us and to give us a home. He has given generously of Himself, pouring His life out on the cross so that we might be eternally redeemed, so that the brokenness of this world might be redeemed.

May we have grace to believe that our Redeemer has come, that He lived the life we couldn’t live and died the death we couldn’t die. And may we have grace to believe He will come again.

And all will be redeemed. And all will be made well.

Written by Billy Jack Brawner

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21 thoughts on "Jesus Is The True & Better Boaz"

  1. Howard K says:

    Like Boaz Jesus is our redeemer and. In these times of trial and tribulation we need to lean on God more than ever so we do not lose faith in him. He is our redeemer and we need to embrace that and give everything up to him for he will redeem us.

  2. Howard K says:

    Man can be compassionate like Boaz. We have that redeeming trait too as Boaz had for Ruth and we should not be afraid to help others when we can so we are more like Jesus as God wants us to be.

  3. Howard K says:

    By try to help others in this holiday season and not make this a selfish holiday season and focus on the gift giving side of things. Give more of myself to help others.

  4. Howard K says:

    Helps us understand the word redeemer by comparing Boaz to Jesus and how we can use this comparison in our lives to be more like Jesus.

  5. Howard K says:

    Lord God thank you for redeeming me on a daily basis and help me to return that by redeeming others by helping them in a time of need. Please show me how I can do this and that I am aware enough to see that need when you show me.

  6. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    Man needs Jesus because we are broken and in need of a redeemer to make us new.

  7. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    Jesus is our Redeemer and makes us new with an everlasting covenant that was made permanent by His blood.

  8. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    God, through Jesus, comes down to us and redeems us from our old ways.

  9. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    Worship Jesus for and remind myself that He is my Redeemer, and that He has taken my outcast and hardened heart to make me new again and one with the Father.

  10. Jeffrey Messenger says:

    Lord, thank You for redeeming me in my brokenness and ugliness. Thank You for seeing through every sin I have committed and, because of Jesus, seeing Your son. You are a good, good Father.

  11. Jonathan Chambers says:

    In faith toward God and gratefulness for His grace.
    By showing compassion towards those in need, especially my enemies and those who like me were once foreigners.

  12. Jonathan Chambers says:

    He is a rich and generous redeemer.
    Having mercy on us the poor, needy and broken foreigner.
    He shows us grace and love.
    He is so kind and compassionate.

  13. Jonathan Chambers says:

    It’s ever more beautiful.
    It is “good news of great joy”.
    God has sent us a Savior to redeem us because we can’t redeem ourselves.
    He has forgiven us, chosen us, accepted us, loved us and called us His own.

  14. Jonathan Chambers says:

    We are in need.
    We are poor.
    We are broken.
    We have nothing.
    We are His enemies.

  15. Jonathan Chambers says:

    For more grace to see and savor Jesus my great Redeemer!

  16. Jonathan Newman says:

    Allowing God’s grace to fill me and change me from the inside out just as I believe he has redeemed my position before himz

  17. Jonathan Newman says:

    Mankind is born hopeless and corrupt and totally needy for a redeemer.

  18. Jonathan Newman says:

    God is gracious and generous, buying back what has been tarnished and corrupted. He has compassion for the outcast and needy.

  19. Jonathan Newman says:

    Jesus, like Boaz but infinitely better, gives himself for us to redeem us from the pit of darkness we find ourselves in. He makes us completely his and welcomed into his inheritance as he is making all things new.

  20. Chad says:

    Dear Lord, I pray today that I would experience my brokenness. That it would drive me closer to you. Lord, may I find myself humbly at your feet as Ruth found herself at the feet of Boaz. Lord, I pray you would further redeem my life; that you would provide me with redemption in healing. Lord, thank you for your redemption you offer the world. I pray that you would fill me with a greater awe and fear of your redemption in my life. Lord, may I, through your power and wisdom, be a redeemer of others in bringing them in a relationship with you. In your Jesus’ name. Amen.

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