This is the fourth post of a four-part series on the book of Ruth. Today we are looking at chapter four, which you can read here if you would like.
Boaz goes to the city gate along with the elders and there he meets the guardian-kinsman who is of closer relation to Naomi and Ruth than he is himself. They discuss the redemption of the property, which the closer guardian-kinsman is eager to do. However, then Boaz tells him that he would acquire Ruth as well as part of the transaction. At that, the closer relative backs out and tells Boaz to redeem them himself. Boaz then calls on the elders to be witnesses to the transaction and states that he is redeeming the property and taking Ruth as his wife. The elders and other people acknowledge that they are witnesses and they speak blessings over Boaz and over Ruth.
Boaz takes Ruth as his wife and the Lord enables her to conceive. In due time, the baby arrives, a son. Traditionally, the first son born to a widow and her guardian-redeemer took the name of the dead man, allowing his name to carry on, so Ruth gives the baby to Naomi. All the women of the town celebrate, proclaiming Ruth to be “better than seven sons”.
The chapter ends with the genealogy of Perez, which traces down ten generations to the birth of King David. The genealogy of Perez of course is also part of the genealogy of Jesus, which is detailed in Matthew 1. Traditionally, only the father of a child was acknowledged in a genealogy, but in Matthew 1 we see four mothers who are listed by name. Ruth has the honor of being one of those women who is listed by name in the genealogy of Jesus, which stretches all the way back to Abraham.
Once more, Boaz’s role in Ruth’s life mirrors the relationship that Jesus has with us. He is our redeemer, our friend. He also is the bridegroom and we his people are His Bride. He provides for Ruth and for Naomi in the same way that Jesus provides for all of our needs.
What did you take away from this chapter or from the book of Ruth? I would love for you to join the conversation and add your comments and insights below! Thanks for coming by!