Thursday, October 4, 2007

Love Song

This song from Third Day reminds me of last night's women's Bible study. We're in the book of Ruth, moving from chapter 3 to 4, and discussing Boaz and the rival kinsman-redeemer. From the other kinsman-redeemer's perspective Naomi's estate was much more of a liability than an asset, since he would risk his own estate and his own name just to redeem her and her Moabite daughter-in-law. So, he turned his sandal to Boaz in order to get out of what he thought was a really bad deal. At that point, Boaz's desire to be Ruth's go'el made absolutely no worldly sense.

The "transaction" would endanger his own estate and place his name at risk of being lost altogether. Yet, he loved Ruth and risked it all to be with her.

The picture of Boaz as redeemer to Ruth and Naomi is, of course, also a picture of Christ as our redeemer (on a much, much smaller scale).

Our redemption through Christ was much, much more costly. It was paid with His own blood. He gave up His own estate in glory to suffer here as a man for us, sacrificing His body on the cross. We were bought not with perishable things such as gold or silver or money, but by the precious blood of the spotless Lamb of God. He did what no other redeemer could ever do. He paid the full price for all of our sin. OH! to remember the costliness of the price of our sin.

Dr. Phil Ryken says about this picture of redemption is also a romance - a flesh and blood, covenantal love that worldly folk can never understand or comprehend. The covenantal love of Christ on the cross is just as intimate and loving as it is effectual. It is the mystery of marriage, he says. "As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will God rejoice over you." Now that we belong to Jesus, we no longer belong to ourselves. He has loved us with an everalasting love, taking on ALL of our liabilities and imputing - that is freely giving us - all of His assets, His righteousness, His glory -- because of His great love.

This song is sooo real today.

(Sorry I haven't been posting much lately. Haven't had time to sit and process everything the way I usually do.) Blessings in Christ!

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