A Close Relative
So all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, “Because the king is a close relative of ours. Why then are you angry over this matter? Have we ever eaten at the king’s expense? Or has he given us any gift?”
2 Samuel 19:42
Notice––as the tribes argued among themselves, the men of Judah brought up an important fact, David was their close relative. He was from the tribe of Judah and they laid claim to him. Israel should have taken these facts into consideration, why would they not agree for the king to remain with them? Besides, David treated all the tribes the same—with no favoritism or special privileges.
In the book of Ruth, Naomi, mother-in-law to Ruth, told her that Boaz, in whose field she gleaned, was a close relative. Finding out this information was of great relief and relevance; he could secure their future:
Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “Blessed be he of the LORD, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!” And Naomi said to her, “This man is a relation of ours, one of our close relatives” (Ruth 2:20).
As a close relative, Boaz could perform for them the act of kinsman redeemer and buy back the land they so desperately needed for their provision. He would also marry Ruth and according to their custom, continue the name of the dead. Naomi’s family name would continue through their son Obed. Ruth became the great grandmother of David and is found in the lineage of Jesus Christ (Ruth 4:9-10 & 17; Matthew 1:5).
Jesus, who came from the lineage of the tribe of Judah, is our close relative––our Redeemer! Revelation 5:9 describes what Christ accomplished on the cross: …You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation…
…Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah,
the Root of David, has prevailed…