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Bought Out of Bondage

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Ruth 4:1-13 KJV
(1) Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.
(2) And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.
(3) And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech's:
(4) And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.
(5) Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.
(6) And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.
(7) Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.
(8) Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.
(9) 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, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi.
(10) 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: ye are witnesses this day.
(11) And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:
(12) And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.
(13) So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.

The bondage of faith and the bondage of sin is part of all cultures. The bondage sin keeps one cast out of society, and out of society continuation especially in Ruthís Day. Ruth was in bondage to her mother in law. She chose to go with Naomi, but became she became the provider for the family in a culture not her own. Bondage by the knowledge of the mother in law to the world they now lived in and to those customs. Ruth found herself in need of redemption after a one night stand with Boaz that had no sex. Yet Boaz found Ruth at the foot of his bed. He did not desire to harm her because of the care she had for her mother inlaw though her husband was dead. He desired to marry her, but had to get council and his brethren permission to marry and make sure no one else in the family wanted to redeem the land of Ruthís husband and her. If no one else wanted the property or her, he could marry her. This story is not told to make Ruth seem like she was in a form of slavery, but more of dowry something women might come with or gifts exchanged to family and in-laws before a wedding. An old way of binding an agreement between two families. Similar customs still exist today, but in truth these are customs to only break down barriers of families. Each figure they getting the better deal by the one that is joining there family.

Ruth was in bondage to laws she perhaps understood not, for she took her motherís in law advice concerning what to do about Boaz. Boaz determine to make things okay. He desire to redeem her and not have her seen has outcast or whore in Israel. He took her to be his wife and Ruth had a son. A son that would continue the family line of her first husband as well as Boaz. A son that would be the grandfather of King David. Ruth being redeemed by the one she tricked by sleeping at his feet. Yet something more here is going on, she was consider to be like Leah and Rachel, who follow their husband faith. Will all but Rachel for Rachel worship the gods of her father as well as JacobĎs God. Ruth accept Naomi God as her own. It is possible this marriage would have happened without sin, so Ruth obeyed the devil in a since. Yet Boaz redeemed her.

Boaz took off his shoe in custom at the city gate to declare his buying of the property and Ruth. If Hillary is elected President of our country she will be breaking the ice for many women to reach the top of the chain of command in our country. The business world for decades have had women in business. Though some women have been under paid in the work force others have been able to fight for better wages. No one wants to think of a woman not being able to be in leadership. Even in arm forces as women begin to train for higher positions in our military, one has to ask is this always a good thing. Will if we elect a woman to be commander in chief we better be allowing women as captains and generals in our nationís armed forces. Implying that women in the military should be able to hold other positions in our military of rank, especially if our nation ever elects a woman commander in chief. Women do look at the world differently then men in some ways, but it not a bad thing. Other countries have had women in power and it been no big deal and even some good leaders. America being behind in this area make human rights around the world look and say America wants what and they have their own women equality issues?

It would have been nice if I could claim Ruth lived in the culture she could of asked Boaz to marry her, but she was not. Traditions can be fun, but it can degrade a woman of her power and her choices in life. What if Ruth had been able to choose who she married. Though Boaz was nice to her, there may have been other illegible men, or perhaps she could of become a business women in some need in the community, and not what family wanted for her. I have very little respect for those that try to control a personís career choice, or role in how to do something. Yet advice should be always welcome to help make improvements in a career choice, it should always be up to the individual.

Though the culture is outdated in scripture, the beauty of the scripture is seen with the impact of love. Boaz loved Ruth enough to redeem her, a woman of gentile origins who chose God. Every Gentile that choose Jesus is choosing a redeemer. Every Jew that receive Christ receives their Messiah, one that bridge the gap between God and man. The gap caused by Eve and Adam in the garden. Ruth bearing a son saved her also socially. Jesus as a redeemer saves us socially as well as spiritually. Socially because our ways change into the likeness of Christ. Godís ways are acceptable even by sinners, because they like being loved, having compassion bestowed on them by others. Jesus showed compassion to all people even though what he taught caused rejection at times. No one declared one had to accept the culture of scripture, but to accept the ways of Christ is to have compassion. To show love and not to outcast people.

The bathroom laws seem silly to fight over in one way and yet protective in another way. Yet men going in womenís bathrooms have happened for years, if a spouse is disabled, or fatherís having young daughterís needing to go potty and the children are not old enough to go by themselves. Yet it about a group of people that are not traditional or have a reason beside sexual identity. The error of our country is the need for a third bathroom or private stalls for everyone with a sink would solve the issue.

Anyway back on topic the idea of Godís discrimination is based on sin, yet mercy is shown to all that will receive Jesus as Lord. Ruth choice to receive Boaz had to do with the fact she fell in love with him, though social customs of that day were a little barbaric to our culture today. There will always will be laws in our nation that is opposition of Christianity. Yet it should not be on shunning of people, but the shunning of sin.

Dear Heavenly Father let us lay down the cultures that does not give humanís equality, but segregate them not based on laws, but social shunning. Yet may our laws reflect our desire to obey you and protect others right to choose between you and the devil. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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