Boaz takes Ruth to be his wife at the end of this beautiful love story.
Chapter 4 of the Book of Ruth in the Bible shows us that it is well worth it to wait for your Boaz.
As soon as the sun rose, Boaz set out to put his plan into action.
Let’s take a look at how the love story concludes and then answer a few key questions about Boaz.
Ruth and Boaz Bible Lessons
We’ve taken a good look at the Book of Ruth to discover how you, as a confident Christian woman can use Biblical stratgies and wisdom to attract and marry your Boaz.
The Book Of Ruth Chapter 1. Biblical Advice for the single Christian woman
The Book of Ruth Chapter 2. Meeting Your Boaz
The Book of Ruth Chapter 3 Pt 1. Naomi’s Instructions
The Book Of Ruth Chapter 3 Pt 2.Ruth And Boaz on the Thrashing Floor
Boaz Reedems Ruth
Ruth 4: 1-3
Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there; and behold, the close relative of whom Boaz had spoken came by. So Boaz said, “Come aside, [afriend, sit down here.” So he came aside and sat down. 2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down.
Sit down, let’s talk
First of all, Boaz doesn’t waste any time. He has his mind set on marrying Ruth and goes from the thrashing floor to the city gate to call the people to court.
Again, we see the virtue and authority that Boaz holds to be able to call the other man to come and sit down. Boaz also calls ten other men to join them as witnesses,
This is why Boaz can look at the other guy and call him “friend”.
He respects others and leads people in a way that makes others feel seen, known and valued. This form of leadership never has to intimidate others to control them. Such leaders are naturally respected and appreciated for their good work.
The Land Deal
Then he said to the close relative, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, sold the piece of land which belonged to our brother Elimelech. 4 And I thought to inform you, saying, ‘Buy it back in the presence of the inhabitants and the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if you will not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know; for there is no one but you to redeem it, and I am next after you.’ ”
And he said, “I will redeem it.”Ruth 4: 3-4
Now, Boaz does the right thing by giving the other guy fair notice that Naomi is selling her land. He could have skipped all this and gone directly to Naomi and purchased the land privately. But once again, he’s got class and he gives the man a fair chance to purchase the land. After all, the other guy has first dibs, and as it turns out, he is interested.
There’s a catch!
Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also buy it from Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to [dperpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance.”
Look, Naomi is selling the land but with on very important condition upon it. Whoever buys the land must also marry Ruth.
Remember Naomi’s instructions in Chapter 3? She is the one who set this whole thing up. Bitter Noami has been so blessed by all that Ruth has done for her, for all the love and kindness Ruth has shown, that Noami goes out of her way to find secure a husband for her daughter-in-law.
While Ruth and Boaz are the hero’s of the story, Naomi is working behind the scenes on behalf of God, pulling strings to make everything work together for our good.
Naomi: God’s helper behind the scenes
Naomi isn’t just blessing Ruth with a good husband, or Boaz with a wonderful wife, she is being used by God to bless all of us, hundreds of years later through her great grandson David.
So, if you’re wondering why Boaz married Ruth and not Naomi, here’s the answer.
Also, Naomi knows the value and importance of good godly marriages. She’s had and enjoyed her own. For rich or for poor, in sickness and health. Naomi knows the ups and the downs, the blessings, and hardships.
Naomi plans a wedding
Now, Naomi wants to ensure that Ruth gets to enjoy this great blessing.
Listen, Naomi knows the other man, he would also have been a close relative of Elimelech. She knows his character and she created a deal she knew he wouldn’t accept but which Boaz would graciously receive.
And the close relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem it.”Ruth 4:6
The other man might have
This man, (who is never named) saw the value of purchasing land, but not the value of Ruth. Perhaps if Beautiful Orpah had come along to Bethlehem he would have seen her and changed his mind. But we will never know what could have been for those who fail to see God’s hidden opportunities.
Take off Your Shoe
Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging, to confirm anything: one man took off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was a confirmation in Israel.
Here we see that Boaz uses his wealth for the work of God, which is Redemption.
This is the clearest connection between Boaz and Jesus.
Wealth and Prosperity are given to do the work of the Kingdom of God.
Who else but Jesus Christ could have ever afforded the high cost of ransoming us from our sins.
From our persepctive
Looking back, we can see how Jesus was giving us a glimpse of his own character as he brought this couple together and redeemed a broken woman into the family of God.
When Boaz accepted the sandal off
Therefore the close relative said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself.” So he took off his sandal. 9 And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, from the hand of Naomi. 10 Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from [ehis position at the gate. You are witnesses this day.”
A Wedding Without the Bride
Next, we see Boaz taking Ruth to be his wife, and the marriage is officially celebrated in public without her being there.
Remember, at the end of Chapter 3 Naomi told Ruth to sit and wait. While all of this was going on Naomi and Ruth were at home waiting to hear the verdict.
Ruth and Naomi had already given their consent and agree to the marriage by putting this whole plan in motion. Here’s another interesting bite to think about. Boaz claims all that belonged to both Mahlon, Ruth’s dead husband
Ruth and Orpah
While there were two kinsmen redeemers, and it’s possible that Orpah would have been married by the other while Boaz took Ruth, it’s also possible that Boaz would have taken both Ruth and Orpah as his wives.
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And all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, “We arewitnesses. The Lord make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. 12 May your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring which the Lord will give you from this young woman.”
In verse 12 Ruth is compared to Tamar, which is interesting because Tamar had to sleep with her Father-in-Law in order to give birth to Perez. (That’s a whole other Bible Study)
But, it goes to show that what looks confused, frustrated and even upside down to us down here on Earth, is all being used for the glory and purposes of God.
Every one Blesses Ruth, But she’s not even there
Finally, the whole community sings praises and blessings over Ruth, applauding her for her
Remember, if you’re of good character, you don’t have to worry about what people will be saying behind your back. When it matters most, God will ensure that even your enemies end up blessing you!
Naomi Is Blessed
So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he wentRuth 4: 13-17
in toher, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! 15 And may he be to you a restorer of life and a [gnourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. 17 Alsothe neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “There is a son born to Naomi.” And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
After everything is said and done, Boaz takes Ruth to be his wife and we assume they had a very loving and passionate night because she immidiately concieved and bore a son.
Finally, Naomi is rewarded and blessed with a grandchild. The baby is placed on her breast and given the credit for being the matchmaker between Ruth and Boaz.
The bonds of Love
The bonds of love are also proven to be stronger than natural bonds. Ruth is better than seven sons to Naomi because of her
The neighbours name the child Obed, which means servant, and reminds us that Christ who is highest became a servant for all. Ruth in her service gained everything she wanted. And when we give our lives as a service to God, He will do incredible things through His own grace and wisdom.
We Are All Blessed
Ruth 4: 18-22
Nowthis is the genealogy of Perez: Perez begot Hezron; 19 Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab; 20 Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon;[h 21 Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed; 22 Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David.
And Jesus comes to us from the house of David!
Ruth And Boaz Summary
The book of Ruth is funny because it takes everything we know and love about our wedding traditions and does the opposite or skips them entirely.
- Ruth Proposed To Boaz
- There was no wedding ceremony
- Ruth wasn’t even there
- Ruth was a poor hard working woman who won Boaz’ heart not through good looks but by good hard honest work.
And yet the marriage between Ruth and Boaz is still godly and beautiful.
What matters most in marriage, and choosing someone with whom you’ll spend your life isn’t looks, or wealth, or talents. It’s character.
Ruth and Boaz come together as a symbol of Christ and the Chruch. He is our Redeemer.
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