“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.”
Ruth 4:6 (KJV)
Contempt and disdain were written on the face of the unnamed kinsman as he shoved his sandal into the hands of Boaz. This signified the transfer of his property rights. He was happy to redeem the land of his deceased relative, Elimelech, but redeem Ruth, the widow? Oh no, it would bring him shame, embarrassment. Take Ruth as his bride? It was unthinkable—scandalous!
Marred—that’s what she’d do to me. Marriage to this Moabite woman would smudge my sterling reputation. Associate with this outcast? What would people think? It would corrupt, destroy, ruin and utterly waste everything I have worked so hard to attain.
The arrogance of the nearer kinsman stung the heart of Boaz. But he knew he now had freedom to purchase the land of Elimelech and above all, purchase Ruth as his bride. Ah, yes, she was the real prize. A victorious Boaz held the sandal above his head—he had won his bride! This is a perfect picture of Jesus Christ. He bought you too but with the precious blood of his own life.
But the closer relative had spit in the face of God’s gracious daughter. Has the world spit on you, precious daughter? Listen…there’s more!
“As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man,
and his form more than the sons of men”
The prophet Isaiah foretells of One who would be marred more than any other man. He speaks of a suffering servant who would be spit on, despised and rejected—for us. One who would willingly be corrupted for us, ruined for us, destroyed and wasted—for us!
There is a King of glory, your one, purest Love, who champions you today, daughter. He laid down His life for you—willingly. He was marred for you—calling it a privilege. Unashamedly He shouts from the housetops that you are righteous, washed and cleansed from sin. Jesus longs to embrace you, longs for your company and longs to hear the most intimate details of your life. He calls you cherished, He calls you beloved, He calls you—His own.