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III. THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE NEARER KINSMAN.
He was a hindrance to God’s will and had to go.
1. Only by his removal can Ruth’s life be made full and complete. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me,” Galatians 2:20.
2. His removal involved a humbling of him. Shoe taken off, vs. 7-8. He would have limped home as did Jacob after his meeting with the Lord, Gen 32:31. This signifies the mortifying of the flesh, Rom 8:13-15.
3. The reproach remained upon the man. Deut 25:7-10. In like fashion we must keep the flesh in the position of reproach and shame if we are to enjoy the fulness of Christ’s grace and power in our lives.
4. This was all accomplished by Boaz. Ruth benefitted but played no part in the proceedings! 3:18, Php 2:13, Isa 40:31.