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Our Kinsman Redeemer

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

This is the definition of a kinsman redeemer. It is Strong’s #1350.

 

From Strong's Expanded w/Vine's -----  " ga'al, gaw-al'; a prim. root,

(to redeem (according to the Oriental law of kinship); i.e. to be the next of kin (and as such to buy back a relative's property, marry his widow, etc.)

Ga'al means "to redeem, deliver, avenge, act as a kinsman."

(1) The first occurrence of ga’al is in Genesis 48:16:

           “The angel which redeemed me [Jacob] from all evil...”

(2) Its basic use had to do with the deliverance of person or property that had been sold for debt, "

 

From Strongest Strong’s ----- “to redeem, deliver; (n.) avenger; kinsman-redeemer; [Qp] to be redeemed; [N] to be redeemed, redeem oneself; often this redemption is in the context of saving from danger or hostility, as a figure of purchasing a slave or indentured person. A “kinsman-redeemer” purchases a relative from slavery (actual or potential); a “kinsman-avenger” provides justice on behalf of a relative; both concepts are in the image of God as Redeemer:”

 

 

Jesus the Messiah is our kinsman redeemer (please note that the real name of Jesus is Hebrew: Yahusha‘ – or Yahushua‘ / Yeshua‘, HaMaschiach --- "the Messiah"; please see the article: ‘The Name of God and Messiah’.

 

This is the awesome truth of the Gospel of God about who the Word and only-begotten Son of God really is, and what He does for us (and why) that many people have failed to grasp.

 

He had to let go of His divinity and come down in the flesh. He does this in order to become the kinsman redeemer who can have His body broken and His blood shed to atone for our sins stemming from the failure of Adam. He cancels our debt of sin so that we may be the spotless bride we are meant to be.

 

The relevance and application of Jesus Christ being our kinsman redeemer is two-fold; we will discuss each one briefly:

 

 

1) The Bible states that we and the Lord are indeed brethren. The Word became flesh in the line of David of the line of Adam to be the 2nd Adam and next of kin to redeem fallen humanity. Jesus is the near kinsman of all mankind, coming to redeem us where the first Adam failed in sin, to get rid of sin and death that has us in bondage.  

 

John 1:

10      He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

11      He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

12      But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

13      who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14      And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory,

        the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.   (NKJV) 

 

Philippians 2:

5      Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

6      who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7      but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

8       Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,

       even death on a cross.   (NASB)

 

1 Corinthians 15:

45     And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.   (NKJV)

 

Romans 5:

6        For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

7        For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.

8        But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

9        Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

10      For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son,

        much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

11      And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

12      Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin,

        and so death spread to all men, because all sinned--

13      for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

14      Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned

        in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

15      But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died,

        much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.

16      The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the

        judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free

        gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification.

17      For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one,

        much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness

        will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

18      So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men,
       even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.

19      For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners,

        even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.   (NKJV)

 

Matthew 12:

47      Then one said to Him, "Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You."

48      But He answered and said to the one who told Him, "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?"

49      And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers!

50      For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother."   (NKJV)

 

Mark 10:

45      For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."   (NKJV)

 

Hebrews 2:

9        But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor,

        that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

10      For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory,

        to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

11      For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one,

        for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

12      saying: " I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You."

13      And again: " I will put My trust in Him." And again: " Here am I and the children whom God has given Me."

14      Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same,

        that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

15      and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

16      For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.

17      Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren,

        that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

18       For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.    (NKJV)

 

Hebrews 4:

15     For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses,

         but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

 

 

 

God is all about love & family:  He gives us His son, who is both a kinsman and husband and thereby through becoming married to the Lord we become part of God's family.

 

 

2) As the prospective husband, He will redeem His bride of any debts she may have.

 

In the Bible, sin is often described as being in debt, as something owed, a negative balance on the ledger against us.  To be indebted in sin is to be under bondage to sin (and its consequence of death).   Our kinsman redeemer frees us from this debt, this bondage, nailing it to the cross by His atoning blood:

 

 

Matthew 6:

12      And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.   (NKJV)

 

Matthew 18:

21      Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?"

22      Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

23      Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.

24      And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.

25      But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had,

       and that payment be made.

26      The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'

27      Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

28      "But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii;

        and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!'

29      So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'

30      And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.

31      So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved,

       and came and told their master all that had been done.

32      Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.

33      Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?'

34      And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35      "So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses."  

        (NKJV)

 

John 8:

31   So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;

32   and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

33   They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone;

      how is it that You say, 'You will become free'?"

34   Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.

35   "The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.

36   "So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.   (NASB)

 

Romans 8:

12      Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

13      For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

14      For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15      For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption,

        whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16      The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17      And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him,
        that we may be also glorified together.

18      For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19      For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

20      For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21      Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

22      For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

23      And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves,

        waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.     (KJV)

 

Colossians 2:

13      When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh,

        He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

14      having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us;

       and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.   (NASB)

 

 

 

The Book of Ruth

 

The Book of Ruth gives us a beautiful picture of how the Lord Jesus is the groom and we are the bride of Christ. He is the groom within the context of being our kinsman redeemer who frees us from our former debts/bondage and marries us into His family to partake of His inheritance. Let us go through the story of Ruth in summary.

 

 

Ruth 1:

1        Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land.

       And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons.

2       The name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife, Naomi;

       and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah.

       Now they entered the land of Moab and remained there.

 

Comment: Naomi’s entire family were from Bethlehem, the city of David.

 

 

Ruth 1:

3        Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left with her two sons.

4        They took for themselves Moabite women as wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth.

        And they lived there about ten years.

5        Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and the woman was bereft of her two children and her husband.

 

Comment: Ruth was a Moabite and not of Israel.

 

 

Ruth 1:

15      Then she said, "Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law."

16      But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go,

        and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.

17      "Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse,

        if anything but death parts you and me."

18      When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.

 

Comment: Though non-Jewish (Gentile) in ethnicity, Ruth becomes one with Israel not by marriage (her husband is deceased which frees her from the marriage covenant), but by own free will she becomes one with Israel and identifies herself completely with Israel, through her love and declaration that the God of Israel is her God and God’s people is her people.

 

 

Ruth 1:

22     So Naomi returned, and with her Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, who returned from the land of Moab.

       And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.  

 

Comment: Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest (the start of that year’s harvest season in the spring), which is around the time of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Christ is the first of the firstfruits of the entire year’s harvest as represented by the wave sheaf offering).

 

 

Ruth 2:

1        Now Naomi had a kinsman of her husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz.

2        And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, "Please let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain

        after one in whose sight I may find favor." And she said to her, "Go, my daughter."

3        So she departed and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers; and she happened to come to the

        portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.

4        Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem and said to the reapers, "May the LORD be with you."

       And they said to him, "May the LORD bless you."

 

Comment: Boaz is from the family of Elimelech, Naomi’s husband.

 

 

Ruth 2:

8        Then Boaz said to Ruth, "Listen carefully, my daughter. Do not go to glean in another field;

        furthermore, do not go on from this one, but stay here with my maids.

9        "Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Indeed, I have commanded the servants not to touch you.

        When you are thirsty, go to the water jars and drink from what the servants draw."

10      Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him,

       "Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?"

 

Comment: Ruth praises Boaz (a type of Christ) for his graciousness to her, a non-Jew, a Gentile. The Bible is replete with examples of God saying that His kindness and salvation will go to the Gentiles (all nations) and not just the Jews.

 

 

Ruth 2:

11      Boaz replied to her, "All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has

        been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth,   

        and came to a people that you did not previously know.

12      "May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel,

         under whose wings you have come to seek refuge."

 

Comment: Boaz returns her praise with praise of his own; he commends her, a Gentile, for coming under the wings of the God of Israel, the Almighty. Again, stressing that God shows no partiality between Jew or Gentile, as the apostle Peter says when the first Gentile is baptized and given His holy spirit:

 

Acts 10:

34   Opening his mouth, Peter said: 

     "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality,

35   but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.   (NASB)

 

 

 

Ruth 2:

19      Her mother-in-law then said to her, "Where did you glean today and where did you work?

        May he who took notice of you be blessed." So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said,

       "The name of the man with whom I worked today is Boaz."

20      Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, "May he be blessed of the LORD who has not withdrawn his kindness

        to the living and to the dead." Again Naomi said to her, "The man is our relative, he is one of our closest relatives."

21      Then Ruth the Moabitess said, "Furthermore, he said to me, 'You should stay close to my servants

        until they have finished all my harvest.'"

22      Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, "It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his maids,

        so that others do not fall upon you in another field."

23      So she stayed close by the maids of Boaz in order to glean until the end of the barley harvest and the wheat harvest.

        And she lived with her mother-in-law.

 

Comment: Verses 21 & 23

Ruth gleans from the fields until the entire year’s harvest is complete: Ruth 2:21”...stay close to my servants until they have finished all my harvest.” and Ruth 2:23 “So she stayed close...until the end of the barley harvest and the wheat harvest.” The beginning of the wheat harvest is on the Feast of Weeks/Pentecost and the end of the wheat harvest is on the Feast of Ingathering/Tabernacles.

 

 

Ruth 3:

9        He said, "Who are you?" And she answered, "I am Ruth your maid. So spread your covering over your maid,

        for you are a close relative."

10      Then he said, "May you be blessed of the LORD, my daughter.

        You have shown your last kindness to be better than the first by not going after young men, whether poor or rich.

11      "Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask,

         for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence.

12      "Now it is true I am a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I.

13      "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 LORD lives. Lie down until morning."

 

Comment:  Verse 9

The NKJV and NASB translate the last word of Verse 9 as “close relative”. It is in actuality the Hebrew word "ga'al" we referenced in the beginning, which is translated in English Bibles in a multitude of ways: next of kin (AMP), family redeemer (NLT, HCSB), covenant redeemer (MSG), near kinsman (KJV, ASV), kinsman-redeemer (NIV), or ‘redeemer’ (ESV, YLT), etc. But as we saw in the definition, they are all correct in one way or another: ga’al means a near kinsman who has the right and authority of redeeming.

         

 

The book ends in chapter 4 with Boaz marrying Ruth. As a type of Christ, Boaz is not surprisingly also from Bethlehem Ephrathah of Judah, just as the Lord is:

 

Ruth 4:11

11   All the people who were in the court, and the elders, said, "We are witnesses.

      May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah,

      both of whom built the house of Israel; and may you achieve wealth in Ephrathah and become famous in Bethlehem. (NASB)

 

Matthew 2:

5      So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:

6   '  But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;

      For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.' "   (NKJV) 

 

 

Matthew 2 above is referring to Micah 5:2:

 

Micah 5:

2   " But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,

      Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old,

      From everlasting."   (NKJV)
  
   

        

From Boaz and Ruth came Obed who begot Jesse who begot King David who begot King Solomon and down to Our Lord Jesus the Messiah from the father’s (Joseph’s) side:

 

Ruth 4:                

17     The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, "A son has been born to Naomi!"

       So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.   (NASB)

 

Matthew 1:

1        The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

5        And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

6     And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;

 

16   And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.   (KJV)

 

Matthew 21:

5        " Tell the daughter of Zion, ' Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.' "       (from Zechariah 9:9-10)

6        So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them.

7        They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.

8        And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road;

       others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

9        Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

       " Hosanna to the Son of David! ' Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!"     (NKJV)

 

 

Where Boaz is a type of Christ, Ruth is a type of the Lord’s bride, the church, which needed to be redeemed. 

 

His being a forerunner of Christ as kinsman-redeemer is so detailed and all-encompassing (as the Lord’s sacrifice to redeem us actually is), that it also portrays the redemption of all mankind within the context of another salvation motif – the harvest seasons of Israel.  The entire story symbolizing the wedding of Christ (our kinsman redeemer) with his bride (who is not of the same family nor of Israel) takes place against the backdrop of the harvest and reveals God’s redemptive plan in truly exquisite fashion as is well-deserved, since it is truly beautiful to behold in awe the great and wonderful plan God does have for us in His Son Jesus – that our redemption awaits when He comes to take His bride.

 

 

 

Kinsman avenger

 

Closely related to Our Lord being our kinsman redeemer who clears off all our debts is that He also fulfills the role we see in the 2nd definition of what the word “ga'al ” means: kinsman avenger.

 

What are some things He has to avenge for us? It is more than the enemies of Israel, but also the enemies of mankind. God would also redeem us from the clutches of the enemy Satan, sin and death. The Lord is both a kinsman redeemer and avenger for His people.

 

Yes, Our Lord will fight for us. The war is not for this world, but eternity afterwards:

 

Romans 8:

31     What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

32      He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

33      Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.

34      Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God,

        who also makes intercession for us.

35      Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or pesecution, or famine,

        or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36      As it is written: " For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."

37      Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

38      For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers,

        nor things present nor things to come,

39      nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God

        which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.   (NKJV)

 

1 Corinthians 15:

53      For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54      So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality,

        then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55      O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?   (KJV)

 

Colossians 2:

14      having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us;

        and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

15      When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them,

        having triumphed over them through Him.   (NASB)

 

2 Thessalonians 1:

3        We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly,

       and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other,

4        so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and

       faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure,

5        which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God,

       for which you also suffer;

6        since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you,

7        and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,

8        in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God,

        and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9        These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

10      when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe,

        because our testimony among you was believed.

11      Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling,

        and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power,

12       that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him,

        according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.   (NKJV)

 

Hebrews 2:

14      Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood,

        He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

15       and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.   (NKJV)

 

 

Hebrews 10:

30      For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The LORD will judge His people."

31      It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.   (NKJV)

 

1 John 3:

4        Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

5        And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

6        Whoever stays in him sins not: whoever sins has not seen him, neither known him.

7        Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

8        He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning.

        For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.     (AKJV)

 

 

So the Lord is both our kinsman redeemer and avenger.

 

 

 

We are one Israel and married to the salvation of the Jews

 

What is most evident in the Book of Ruth is that it exemplifies the inclusiveness of God’s promise that salvation is to everyone. It is indeed to everyone, but that salvation and the source of the Savior of mankind, the Messiah, comes from God’s people, the Jews with God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel. This the Lord says Himself:

 

John 4:

22      "You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
23      "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;

         for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.

24      "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

25      The woman *said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ);

        when that One comes, He will declare all things to us."

26      Jesus *said to her, "I who speak to you am He."     (NASB)

 

 

We see this also in:

 

Romans 11:

16      For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

17      And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them,

       and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,

18      do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

19      You will say then, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in."

20      Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.

21      For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.

22      Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you,

       goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.

23      And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

24      For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree,

       how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?     (NKJV)

 

 

The Lord Jesus is the kinsman of all mankind; just as Ruth, a Gentile became a partaker of God’s promises to Israel, God pours forth His spirit to the Gentiles as well.

Jew and Gentile are one Israel, one bride to Christ:

 

Acts 11:

16      "And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, 'John baptized with water,

         but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'

17      "Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ,

         who was I that I could stand in God's way?"

18        When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying,

         "Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life."     (NASB)

 

 

Again, the Lord’s words are given to all who have faith in him and are known by God:

 

John 10:

1        "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep,

         but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.

2        "But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.

3        "To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

4        "When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

5        "A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."

6        This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand

        what those things were which He had been saying to them.

7        So Jesus said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

8        "All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

9        "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

10      "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

11      "I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

12      "He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming,

        and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.

13      "He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.

14      "I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,

15      even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

16      "I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice;

        and they will become one flock with one shepherd.     (NASB)

 

 

As the root of Romans 11 and the true vine, He accepts any branch that abides in Him and bears fruit:

 

John 15:

1        "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

2        Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes,

        that it may bear more fruit.

3        You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

4        Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine,

        neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

5        "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

6         If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered;

        and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.     (NKJV)

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

We must always be reminded that who the Messiah is, what He has done and why He did it, can only be fully understood through the context of His actions as our kinsman redeemer.

 

The Messiah is the divine Word and Son of God who became a man through the line of King David – flesh and blood just like us, His brethren, so that as the 2nd Adam and therefore our kinsman redeemer, He could free us from bondage to sin, death and the enemy by laying down His life as our atonement.

 

As our kinsman redeemer, He has cancelled out our debt of sin and reconciled us, and all creation, to His father, God:

 

Colossians 1:

19      For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,

20      and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven,

       having made peace through the blood of His cross.

21      And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled

22      in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight ---     (NKJV)

 

 

Indeed, He shows His great love for His bride – us, by becoming the kinsman redeemer who comes expressly to give Himself up for her, to die for His bride so that His bride may live abundantly and eternally. His redemption cleanses us so that we can be the unblemished and spotless bride we were always intended to be:

 

 

Ephesians 5:

22      Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

23      For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.

24      But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

25      Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

26      so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

27      that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing;

        but that she would be holy and blameless.

28      So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;

29      for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,

30      because we are members of His body.

31      For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife,

       and the two shall become one flesh.   (from Genesis 2:24)
32      This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

33      Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself,

       and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.   (NASB)

 

 

 

Please also see the articles ‘Bride of Christ’, ‘We are One Israel – the Faith Once Delivered’, ‘God’s Salvation Plan in the Biblical Feast Days’ and others on this website.