Minden Press-Herald

Sep 22nd

Our “Goel”

The story of Ruth is moving. The young widow left her family, friends, home, country, and religion in fidelity to her mother-in-law, Naomi. Upon arrival in Bethlehem, Ruth immediately set out to support them both via the accepted custom of gleaning the fields. She found herself in the fields of a kind man, Boaz. Speaking of him, "Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. . . The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen" Ruth 2:20. The word "kinsman" is "goel" in Hebrew which is translated various ways – kinsman, redeemer, and avenger.

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