We now move on to how Ruth becomes married and has a child who will be in the lineage of the Messiah.
Naomi knew she would not be able to find a man for herself because of her age and the absence of child-bearing. Ruth was her only hope. Naomi tells Ruth to go where Boaz was and after he finished working, eating and drinking he would lay down. When he laid day, Naomi told Ruth to go uncover his feet and lay with him. Ruth responded with love and compassion.
Verse 5: “I will do whatever you say.”
Ruth could have told her mother-in-law no, however, Ruth knew how much wisdom Naomi had. She loved Naomi and knew she must obey.
She goes to the field where Boaz is and follows the directions of Naomi. When Boaz awakens during the night he finds Ruth and ask her, “Who are you?” Ruth responds, “I am your servant Ruth. Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.”
Boaz responded with sincerity. He explained to Ruth that her kindness was great. Boaz knew she could have ran after younger and richer men, but she did not.
Boaz continues telling her that he is kinsman, however, he knew there was a closer kinsman. Instead of lying and taking her for his own, he did the right thing. Boaz told Ruth he must first go ask the closer kinsman if he would marry and if he does not then he will.
I must stop here for a moment. I believe that Boaz really liked Ruth. I believe he really thought she was beautiful. Instead of committing a sin or doing the wrong thing, Boaz followed the law to the letter. He did want to marry her, but Boaz knew it would not be right by the law. Boaz showed his true character of honesty.
Then Ruth laid with Boaz till morning but left before anyone could see. (She probably did not want to be the talk of the town gossip.) Boaz also left her with 6 measures of barley to take home to Naomi. There Boaz goes again showing his sincerity and kindness to others.
Ruth returned home to Naomi and told her all the details and gave her the barley Boaz had sent. Naomi knew Boaz would not rest until the matter was settled today.
Moving on to chapter 4, where the fairytale will continue.
Boaz went to town and found the kinsman-redeemer he had spoken about. He asked him to sit down with him as well as requesting ten of the town elders to sit as well. Boaz was conducting business and wanted to makes sure everything was done by the Law. Again we see Boaz’s integrity.
Boaz explained to the kinsman about Naomi having land that belong to their brother Elimelech and he should by the land since he was the next in line and no one else should by. He agreed, however, then Boaz throws a curve ball. He also explains that he not only will acquire the land but also a young lady named Ruth as to keep the name of the dead with the property. The kinsman-redeemer then said he would not be able to redeem the land. In these times to redeem and transfer property, one party took off a sandal and gave to the other legalizing the transaction in Israel. So the kinsman-redeemer removed his sandal and gave to Boaz, and explained for him to buy the land.
The elders and people were the witnesses that the matter was handled correctly by the law at that time. The elders and people told Boaz “may he have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.” The town praised Boaz and wanted him blessed.
So Ruth and Boaz marry and have a child who is named Obed, who was the father of Jesse who was the father of David and they live happily ever after.
You may think this is just a nice story about a girl who was very fortunate to marry the right person. But God had a plan. He knew Ruth would be the mother of Obed who would be in the lineage of the promised Messiah. Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz never knew what the future was going to hold for them and their families but the one above sure did.
There were several opportunities for one of them to not act in the correct faithful manner, but they did.
There were times they could have walked away from situations, but they didn’t.
There were times they could have behaved sinfully, but they didn’t.
There were times they did not have to think of others, but they did.
There were times they could have broken the laws, but they didn’t.
We are unaware of the plans God has for us, but God does.
There are times when we make decisions that we do not know the consequences, but God does.
There are times when we feel God is not answering our prayers or listening to us, but God is.
How does this fairytale story from the Old Testament relate to me and today?
We need to live faithful to God and trust in Him. We should obey His laws. We should read His Word, spend time learning more about Him, so we will know how to treat others. We need to live knowing that we may not receive our reward here, but we can receive an eternal reward that is worth far more and will last far longer than anything on this earth. We do not need to hurt others for our own personal gain. We need to always treat others with the love that Jesus has for us. We need to remember that because of Jesus our sins are forgiven. Someone DID AND DOES love us enough to sacrifice their life for us.
Will you sacrifice your life for Him?
Will you sacrifice things on earth for Him?
Will you go out into the world and be a Ruth, Naomi or Boaz?
I pray you will!