In Jewish law when a man died his kinsman (or relative) that was closest to him could marry his widow, and purchase his land etc.
Boaz was a kinsman of Ruth’s dead husband but he was not the “first in line”, there was another relative closer who would have had the opportunity first.
Boaz searched this man out and for whatever reason this man could not buy the lands and marry Ruth, so Boaz made his claim after ensuring that the first man was heard and in a sense dealt with.
This is a picture of law and grace, and a picture of Jesus.
The first man could not redeem anything, he simply could not (Ruth 4 v 6); this is a picture of the law.
Boaz could and indeed wanted to fulfill his obligation to Naomi and Ruth, he wanted to see them and their lands redeemed; this is a picture or grace and of Jesus.
I think he wanted to marry Ruth as he had already checked out that there was another kinsman first in line before him and had a strategy and plan in place to “remove” this person from the equation.
Redeemed means to purchase back, and Boaz redeeming Ruth is a picture of Jesus redeeming you and I.
Jesus removed the law by fulfilling it, thus ensuring that we did not have to meet its requirements.
Boaz wanted Ruth, and Jesus wanted you and did everything in His power to redeem you and bring you back into relationship and into His family.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the redemptive power of the finished work of Jesus”.
Ruth 4 v 6…..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