Let’s talk about the response that I imagine came from the man who was first in line to be Naomi’s kinsman redeemer. We’ll call him Max, since the Bible doesn’t tell us his name. Perhaps that is what happens when we fail to say yes to what God is doing. But that’s a message for another time. Now lets picture this scene today, in a local barbershop. All the men sitting there and chatting while waiting their turn to get a haircut.
Amid all the conversation, the door swings open and you can hear the sound of chimes and the door closing letting you know that someone just came in. It’s Boaz. “Hey brother,” he says to Max the barber, “long time no see.” Then he nods and speaks to the other men in the shop.
After some general conversation, Boaz tells Max why he has come. He explains that Max has the first opportunity to redeem Naomi’s land, and that a foreign girl comes with her. Max is in front of witnesses and on the spot. Although he initially accepts, he quickly recants, believing that he has as much as he can handle with his family at home. So, there in the shop, in front witnesses, Max basically says, “look I don’t know them like that, and I don’t want any part in this. My wife is at home and if she got wind of me even considering something like this, I would have to listen to her for days to come.”
Max’s refusal to get involved opened the door for Boaz to close the redemption deal. He helped his relative Naomi and got a new wife, Ruth, with the deal.
But why did Max say no? What if Max was just concerned too much about what the other guys would think if he had opted to get involve?
Have you ever allowed the crowd to affect your actions, the job you took, the neighborhood you live in, the person you married? There are numerous ways in which the opinions of others can affect us.
Once I was simply trying to change my eating habits, by taking sugar out of my diet. I did good for a few months, then came vacation time. A friend of mine, decided to make a strawberry short cake, not one of my favorites, but it was sweet. And after all it was vacation and I had been doing so well. I could always say no tomorrow, right. So I made a decision to have some. I guess you could call it eating socially. Needless to say, I regretted the decision later.
That’s why when you are challenged, it is important to spend time with people that believe what you believe, and are willing to support you in your stand. Otherwise, you risk being influenced by other people’s thoughts and behaviors.
As we spend more time in the Word of God, we become stronger standing against the wiles of the devil. God himself is influencing us as we begin to meditate on his word and hide it in our hearts. Then we can recognize the enemy when he tries to give us thoughts and attack our family. Then we can fight.
This is only possible because Jesus said yes. Jesus is our kinsman redeemer.
Adam, the first man, sold us into bondage to sin through his disobedience to God. The second Adam, Jesus, came and redeemed our lives.
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, “we know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6 (NLT). We have a choice. We can say no. Because, “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 (NIV)
Aren’t you glad Jesus said yes?
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.