And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
The book of Ruth has only four chapters. Yet in this tiny book we find this Hebrew word go'el a total of ten times!!
In our English translations this word is rendered as kinsman or redeemer. However, in Hebrew it is one in the same word: go'el.
One of the word pictures behind go'el is: to lift up God.
Another word picture we discover in go'el is: continuity and governmental perfection in the house of the power of the covenant.
This latter word picture is both amplified and explained by the story of the book of Ruth.
In brief, Ruth gives birth to Obed, the great grandfather of King David.
Remember these much loved verses:
Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
For Ruth and her mother in law Naomi, life was as good as over. They literally had no means of survival in the culture in which they were living. Until, of course, Boaz stepped forward as their kinsman/redeemer.
For the Bride of Christ, it appears she has no means of survival, given the culture in which we are currently living. Nevertheless, I encourage you to take heart because Yeshua is going to step onto the world stage as our Kinsman/Redeemer and of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.