Living In the Real World
As you pray now, be thankful that the God who worked in Ruth’s life still works in our world today.
Read Ruth 4:1-12
 Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, “Come over here, my friend, and sit down.” So he went over and sat down.  Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, “Sit here,” and they did so.  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.  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 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.  Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the land from Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the dead man’s widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property.”  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.”  (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.)  So the guardian-redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it yourself.” And he removed his sandal.  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.  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!”  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.  Through the offspring the LORD gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.” Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
ReflectHow did Boaz act as a "redeemer"here?
Boaz takes up the matter of the proposed marriage at the city gate, where business and legal matters ran their course. It is fascinating that this story of love and providence is set in a world where reason, legislation and process are honored. The Bible does not remove us from the real world; we are intended to live out God’s call on our lives in public, not in some private religious sphere. To ensure that the closer relative does not want to claim Ruth, Boaz speaks to him personally, open about his own motives. At first the man wants to take on the marriage himself but when he realizes the cost to his own name and family (any children would be in the line of Elimelech and of Ruth’s first husband), he quickly withdraws. Boaz buys Elimelech’s field, making it clear that he plans to raise up sons for him through this marriage. The man who takes on a levirate marriage is known as a “kinsman redeemer.” The words nudge our thoughts to Christ and what he does for us: taking us, redeeming us and covering us with his blood.
Thank God for our redemption through Jesus. Pray for family members and friends who do not yet know the Lord.
You, Lord Jesus, are my great Redeemer. I give You my thanks and praise today for all You’ve given me.
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