In last week’s post in the Book of Ruth Devotion Series, we talked about Chapter 3 and how God has a plan for our redemption. As we move on to Chapter 4, we find Boaz meeting with Naomi’s other potential kinsman redeemer. Boaz knows that this man could decide to redeem Naomi and Ruth himself and it would take him out of the picture. But Boaz also knows that it is important to do things the right way.
Do Things the Right Way
Boaz then got 10 of the elders to join them. This is an important detail because this could have been handled privately. Boaz knew how important it is to do things the right way. Although it may not seem romantic, this is a legal matter and having witnesses was the right way to approach this.
Boaz explained about Naomi and the land that would have to be redeemed from her husband’s inheritance. He explains that he is the next in line and is willing to redeem the land if he decides that he does not want to. At this point, Boaz mentions that as soon as he buys the land that he will also acquire Ruth.
The man said that redeeming Naomi would hinder his estate and declined the offer. At this point, Boaz was free and clear to take his rightful place as the kinsman redeemer.
Because Boaz knew how important it was to do things the right way, no one could claim that he had redeemed Naomi in an unethical way. Boaz was well within his legal rights to buy the property from Naomi.
Boaz, the Redeemer
Ruth 4:7-12 explains the process that was required for Boaz to acquire the property. The redemption custom in those days, was to remove his sandal and give it to the other. So the man gave Boaz his sandal and told him to buy it himself. This is the man giving his right as the kinsman redeemer to Boaz.
The legal transaction of redeeming Naomi was completed and Boaz announced it to the elders. He announced that he had acquired all of the property of Naomi’s dead husband and their dead sons. Then he proclaims that he has also acquired Ruth as his wife so that the name of the dead will remain with the property.
From one Redeemer to a Greater One!
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.Ruth 4:13
Through the last verses of the Book of Ruth, we discover the lineage that came from this union between Boaz and Ruth. In this telling of the line of Boaz, comes one amazing discovery. The marriage of Boaz and Ruth leads straight to King David! Ruth and Boaz were the great-grandparents of King David. This line continues straight on to include our redeemer, Jesus.
It is clear throughout the Book of Ruth that Boaz is a man of great integrity. He could have taken ignored Naomi’s plight and acted like he did not care. He could have taken advantage of Ruth when she came to ask for his covering. But Boaz knew that it is important to do things the right way.
When we have decisions to make or actions to take, do we always look for the right way to do it? If you have ever gone about doing things the wrong way, has it ever turned into a sloppy mess? I know that I have and it has always turned out wrong.
When we do things the right way, in a way that is ethical and honorable, God can use those choices to bring about great things. God can take a Moabite woman and put her in direct line to the throne of God. That is what an all powerful God can do when we decide to do things the right way!
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