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As we would expect, in Scripture the prophet that gives these titles and creates this
problem, also supplies the answer.
In Isa. 7: 14, we find both brought together in the wonderful name "Immanuel"--
"God with us". This amazing prophecy was fulfilled as we read in Matt. 1: 18-25.
When Jesus was born Immanuel came. Hundreds of years before His birth Isaiah records
in 9: 6:--
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given . . . His name shall be called . . .
The mighty God."
John writes in the first verse of chapter 1: in his gospel ". . . . . The Word was God"
and in verse 14, "The Word became flesh". That is just what God has done.
Paul says in his letter to the Galatians ". . . . . when the fullness of the time was come,
God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made unto law, to redeem . . . . ." (4: 4, 5). In
Phil. 2: 5-8, Paul tells us that this divine kinsman emptied Himself of His divine
attributes and condescended to take upon Himself the outward fashion of a man in order
to give His life and shed His blood as the One offering for sin for ever, and so make
salvation possible for the human race. God loved the world like this, "He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting
life" (John 3: 16).
Boaz not only redeemed the forfeited inheritance, he married Ruth. Our security for
ever is that we are not only redeemed by His precious blood, but made one with Himself.
So we see the wondrous theme of resurrection implied in this Book, and that Boaz
became a type looking forward to the blessed Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As Psa. 49: 7-9 tells us no man can redeem his brother from the bondage of sin and
realize his forfeited inheritance, that he should live for ever. Our salvation and
resurrection necessitated the coming of the Lamb of God, Who alone could take away the
sin of the world.
Having by faith accepted God's offer of salvation, in newness of life, and sealed by
His Spirit, the redeemed are reinstated, the adoption is realized, the inheritance secured,
the bondage removed, and the way made clear for the outworking of the original purpose
It is the Book of Ruth that illustrates this amazing grace so beautifully. The Book
itself is so small, and the words just a record of a seemingly charming romance. Yet
beneath its surface revealing to us the loving condescension of our God in the Provision
of His Son, Who came born of a woman, and so flesh and blood, to become our
Kinsman-Redeemer. In the Lord Jesus Christ alone we have salvation and resurrection