Divide to Multiply
“And the close relative said, ‘I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem it'” (Ruth 4.6 NKJV).
The closest kinsman-redeemer to Ruth is eager to redeem Ruth and her family’s land, but he is not so eager to redeem Ruth and her family’s lineage. When the kinsman-redeemer realizes that he has to redeem Ruth by incorporating her family into his, he quickly changes his mind. This man doesn’t want to divide his inheritance with others, so he clings tightly to what is his. Little does he know, however, that he is missing out on the most amazing adventure in all of eternity. Instead of being part of the lineage of Jesus Christ Himself, this selfish man remains nameless and an example of how not to live. Instead, Boaz gets to redeem Ruth, and he weaves himself into the beautiful scarlet thread of Jesus’ introduction and coronation into the history pages of human life. God wants to multiply His blessings in our lives, but we must be willing to let them go. When we selfishly cling tightly to our resources, talents, time and money; we limit the fullness He has for us. When God asks us to divide that which we desire, He is preparing to multyply it. God knows that our arms are too weak to hold the enormity of His blessings. We must lay our incapable hands into His, so He can uphold us under the weight of His bounty. But the arms of those who try to take everything for themselves shall be broken.
“For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the [consistently] righteous” (Psalm 37.17 AMP).