As we focus on the book of Ruth in our Family sermon series, I am reminded of how the book ends, with Boaz marrying Ruth, who gives birth to Obed, the grandfather of King David. The women made this declaration to Naomi,

Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age.” (Ruth 4:14)

This concept of “kinsman-redeemer” is rare in the Bible, repeated mainly in this book, but serves as an archetype of both the past, when God redeemed His people Israel from slavery in Egypt (Ex 6:6), as well as a foreshadow of Christ as our ultimate Redeemer, from the bondages of sin and death, that we might receive the blessings and full rights of sonship (Gal 3:14; 4:5). Indeed, God has been our Redeemer from ages past, throughout biblical and church history, He shows Himself faithful time and time again to His servants and people. To this day, God continues to be our Rock and our Redeemer (Ps 78:35).

A question for us to ponder on, “Do we as the Church reflect that we are God’s redeemed people?” Do we live our lives as redeemed sinners saved by His precious blood, do we act and behave as believers who have been rescued from the curse of sin and death, and brought into His marvelous light? The psalmist exhorts us,

give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary.” (Ps 107:1,2)

How can we as redeemed say so? I believe it is by living our lives as redeemed, as well as being redeemers of the times. Our lives should reflect God’s redemption on a daily basis, not just in church, but in our workplaces, in our schools, in our homes. Moreover, we should be like the men of Issachar, “who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” (1 Chr 12:32). Let us rise up to redeem our times for the Lord, impacting the 7 gates of cultural influence, namely Arts, Business, Communication, Disadvantaged, Education, Family and Government. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!