Posted by: wwyeshua | October 27, 2019

BOAZ MARRIES RUTH – Ruth chapter 3 and 4

After Ruth had been working in Boaz’s field for many months helping her mother-in-law; one day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi spoke to her.

She said, “My daughter, I must find a home for you. It should be a place where you will be provided for. You have been working with the women who work for Boaz. He’s a relative of ours. Tonight he’ll be separating the straw from his barley on the threshing floor. So wash yourself. Put on some perfume. And put on your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor. But don’t let Boaz know you are there. Wait until he has finished eating and drinking. Notice where he lies down, then go over and uncover his feet and lie down there.

“I’ll do everything you say,” Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor. She did everything her mother-in-law had told her to do. 

Now after all the hard work, when Boaz had finished eating and drinking, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Then Ruth approached quietly. She uncovered his feet and lay down there. 

Around midnight Boaz suddenly woke up and turned over. He was surprised to find a woman lying at his feet!  “Who are you?” he asked.

“I am your servant Ruth,” she replied. “Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my family redeemer.”

Boaz was related to Noami’s dead husband Elimelek. 

Then Boaz said, “The Lord bless you! You are showing even more family loyalty now than you did before, for you have not gone after a younger man, whether rich or poor. Now don’t worry about a thing, I will do what is necessary, for everyone in town knows you are a virtuous woman.

But while it’s true that I am one of your family redeemers, there is another man who is more closely related to you than I am. Stay here tonight, and in the morning I will talk to him. If he is willing to redeem you, very well; let him marry you. But if he is not willing, then as surely as the Lord lives, I will redeem you myself! Now lie down here until morning.”

 

So Boaz went to the town gate and took a seat there. Just then the family redeemer he had mentioned came by, so Boaz called out to him, “Come over here and sit down, friend. I want to talk to you.” So they sat down together. Then Boaz called ten leaders from the town and asked them to sit as witnesses.

And Boaz said to the family redeemer, “You know Naomi, who came back from Moab. She is selling the land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. I thought I should speak to you about it so that you can redeem it if you wish. If you want the land, then buy it here in the presence of these witnesses. But if you don’t want it, let me know right away, because I am next in line to redeem it after you.”

After thinking for a little while, the family redeemer told Boaz: “I can’t redeem it because this might endanger my own estate. You redeem the land; I cannot do it.”

Boaz was very happy; and in those days it was the custom in Israel for anyone transferring a right of purchase to remove his sandal and hand it to the other party. This publicly validated the transaction. So the other family redeemer drew off his sandal as he said to Boaz, “You buy the land.”

Then Boaz said to the elders and to the crowd standing around, “You are witnesses that today I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion, and Mahlon. And with the land I have acquired Ruth, the Moabite widow of Mahlon, to be my wife. You are all witnesses today.” 

So Boaz married Ruth and the Lord blessed them with a son and they called him Obed.

Obed was the father of Jesse whose youngest son David became King of Israel. So Ruth played a very important role in Bible history because Mary the mother of Jesus was a descendant of King David. 

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers, obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week. 

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