This week's lesson focused on the book of Ruth. I never realized that Boaz was so much like Jesus, but once the idea was put before me, of course I could see Jesus in him. Boaz was concerned for Ruth and showed a protectiveness toward her. He picked her out from among the other workers, told her to stay with his field and not glean anywhere else, and provided water for her to drink. He invited her to come and eat with him and told her no one would harm her. Ruth was astonished that he would do so much for her--an alien and a Moabite (someone who's religion had been to worship other gods).
Isn't that just like Jesus? He picks us out just like we are--aliens in our minds (according to Romans) and worshipers of false gods--and tells us to stay with Him and look nowhere else for our spiritual food. He provides us with living water, feeds us with His Word, and protects us from the devil's works. Like Ruth, we are astonished that He would be so merciful and loving toward us. In return, we lay at His feet as Ruth laid at Boaz's feet, because we see that, like Boaz, Jesus truly is our Kinsmen-Redeemer.