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This book commenced with an account of the declining fortunes of those who had sunk down into backsliding and disobedience and it ends with a glorious recovery through the intervention of a kind and gracious kinsman/redeemer.
It truly is the story of God’s redemption in type! Only the story of the gospel can be said to end with “everyone living happily every after!” Man’s story will end in weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.
In the verses before us we have
I. THE PARAMETERS OF THE DELIVERANCE WROUGHT BY BOAZ.
1. He bought back out of poverty the property of the one who had been head of the family. “And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s.” Ruth 4:9. Nothing remained in the possession of others.
2. He bought the person of Ruth. “Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife.”
“Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephruth 4 9
3. He presereved the name of Mahlon. “Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place,” verse 10. Mahlon’s name lives on. First kinsman’s name does not!
How like the Saviour who has purchased the estate of our father, Adam, out of poverty and made his name to live on through those raised up by Christ.