We have seen in recent DIGs how Boaz was a type of Jesus, and that the redemption of his relatives’ property, including Ruth, is a picture of the salvation that Jesus has purchased for us.
There was an interesting custom at that time which involved taking off a shoe and giving it to another party in order to publicly seal a bargain, and Boaz and his other kinsman performed this on that day (Ruth 4 v 7).
The nearer kinsman either could not, or would not redeem Ruth, so as a legally binding gesture there was an exchange of shoe between him and Boaz to show a change of redeemer.
John the Baptist referred to this practice when the Pharisees sent priests and Levites to enquire as to who he was.
They wondered if he was the Christ, or Elijah. In other words they wanted to know if he was the One who was going to bring the changes that had been promised of Old.
John said that he was not the One, but that the One was coming.
He said that it was not he that would bring this change, in fact if they thought of it in terms of that old practice of exchanging shoes, he wasn’t even worthy to unloose Jesus’ shoe, never mind take it off and make a legally binding change!
John 1 v 27 says, He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
John was saying that he himself wasn’t worthy, or capable of bringing about change; the One coming after him would be THE ONE.
The One coming after him would bring about redemption, not just with a shoe, but with His own blood.
The One coming after him would be the Lamb of God, which would take away the sin of the world (John 1 v 29 and 30).
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord, that Jesus is a worthy redeemer, and that He was so willing to perform on my behalf all that was required.
Ruth 4 v 7…..Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel
(Thank you to my wife Nanette for writing this DIG)