Boaz Marries Ruth
1 Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer[a] he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, “Come over here, my friend, and sit down.” So he went over and sat down.
2 Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, “Sit here,” and they did so. 3 Then he said to the guardian-redeemer, “Naomi, who has come back from Moab, is selling the piece of land that belonged to our relative Elimelek. 4 I thought I should bring the matter to your attention and suggest that you buy it in the presence of these seated here and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, do so. But if you[b] will not, tell me, so I will know. For no one has the right to do it except you, and I am next in line.”
“I will redeem it,” he said.
5 Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the land from Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the[c] dead man’s widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property.”
6 At this, the guardian-redeemer said, “Then I cannot redeem it because I might endanger my own estate. You redeem it yourself. I cannot do it.”
7 (Now in earlier times in Israel, for the redemption and transfer of property to become final, one party took off his sandal and gave it to the other. This was the method of legalizing transactions in Israel.)
8 So the guardian-redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it yourself.” And he removed his sandal.
9 Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelek, Kilion and Mahlon. 10 I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from his hometown. Today you are witnesses!”
11 Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. 12 Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.”
Naomi Gains a Son
13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”
16 Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. 17 The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
The Genealogy of David
18 This, then, is the family line of Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron,19 Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab, 20 Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,[d] 21 Salmon the father of Boaz, Boaz the father of Obed, 22 Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David.
What seemed like an ordinary guardian-redeemer case turned into so much more. What stood out to you most here?
Don’t you love how Boaz at first presents just the real estate, then when he agrees, he adds that Ruth comes along with it. I get an inkling from his presentation that Boaz is really hoping that he gets to be Ruth’s guardian-redeemer. When the relative says no after finding this out, it was most likely because he already had a family and doing something like this could “complicate his inheritance”.
Look with me at verse 14 and 15, the language here is so good. After Ruth has a Obed, her son, with Boaz, some ladies are chatting with Naomi and they mention not only will she now be provided for in her old age, praise God, but they also speak of what a blessing Ruth is to her, the love she has for her. “Ruth’s love for her mother-in-law was known and recognized throughout the town. From the beginning of the book of Ruth to the end, her kindness toward others remained unchanged.” Is there an area of your life where you feel your kindness may not be reflecting you and what you want to be showing? I recently heard that in this time where hate has become the norm, that we need to double down on kindness… to who could you double down on kindness toward?
We can’t forget the lessons Naomi has taught us though, too. Despite everything, she was always trusting God. She didn’t believe in coincidences, she knew it was the Lord with her, and she pressed on. And in doing so, the Lord not only provided for her, but he gave her a whole new life in her old age. “Even in our sorrow and calamity, God can bring great blessings…don’t turn your back on him when tragedy strikes…trust him. He will be with you in the hard times.” (application) Where can you move forward in trusting the Lord?
My favorite part of this last chapter just might be the end here though, the genealogy. I know this so often gets overlooked in scripture, but, God did something amazing here. He took a Moabite woman, Ruth, and brought her into the direct family lineage of not only King David, but Jesus, too. I love how the elders in verse 11 say may she bless you like Rachel and Leah, SHE DID! God had this all planned out. If you read through 1 Samuel with us, you met Jesse and David and know that whole story, and that all started with Ruth and Boaz coming together. Such a beautiful story. I want to leave you today with one last quote, “Live in faithfulness to God, knowing that the significance of your life with extend beyond your lifetime. The rewards will outweigh any sacrifice you have made.” (application) How does this all put things into perspective for you?
Heavenly Father, Lord, thank you for this book in your word, thank you for giving the opportunity to meet you through Ruth, Boaz and Naomi. Thank you for your perfectly orchestrated plan to bring through David and then eventually Jesus through this family. Thank you for showing us the example or kindness and courage through Ruth. Thank you for showing us what it looks like to trust you through Naomi, even when things get hard and ugly, that you are still good and you are always with us. Thank you for showing us your faithfulness and goodness and provision through Boaz, we can see that you are always there to guide and provide for our every need and we praise you and thank you for that Lord. Help us in any area of our life where we may not be reflecting you to others, help us to show your kindness and goodness to those you place in our lives. We love you Lord and want to reflect you as these people you showed us do. In your loving name we pray, AMEN!