Old Testament stories and laws sound very strange to many of us. They were difficult for me to understand until I was told that all of the Old Testament points to Jesusí work on the cross. As I studied, I began to look for the connection to Jesus Christ and to redemption.
For instance, letís look at Deuteronomy 25:5-10.
In Old Testament law, marriage to a divorced or widowed sister-in-law was forbidden, with one exception. If brothers were living together, such as in the case of having jointly inherited their fatherís estate and a brother died without producing a male heir, a levirate marriage was to occur. The surviving brother was to marry the widowed sister-in-law in order to produce a male offspring. The first born son was to be given the deceased brotherís name so that the brotherís lineage wouldn't be lost from Israel. In the future, when the covenant promise of the promised land, made to Abraham, was fulfilled by the Lord, the deceased brother would benefit through his descendants. This also assured the widowís care through her husband and through her son.
A brother who refused to marry the widow and provide for his brotherís name, was subject to humiliation in front of the community.
If there was no brother, there were other avenues available that would secure the widowís care and the future of her deceased husbandís name and property. Another close relative could take responsibility. (See links below to articles about Ruth and her Kinsman Redeemer.)
Today, we donít have those ancient laws about remarriage, although the church (thatís you and me) is charged with the care of widows and orphans. (James 1:27) As believers in Christ, we have a covenant promise and a guaranteed future. Through the promise, we are assured of salvation and of our place in the Kingdom of God, along with all of Godís people. No matter what circumstances we may face in this life, we have a future. Jesus is our husband and our father. He has redeemed us. He is our Kinsman Redeemer.
Read about Ruth's Kinsman Redeemer in
The Story of Three Women- Ruth Chapter 1 and The Romance - The Book of Ruth
Don't miss the final chapter. The Happy Ending
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