Monday, April 18, 2016

Bible Study Notes in Ruth- Chapter 4

Ruth 4

-Now Boaz followed through with his word to seek out a kinsman redeemer for the widowed Ruth. He went to the gate and sat down there as was the custom when matters needed to be addressed. As this closer relative to Elimelech soon passed by, Boaz had him turn aside and sit down with him to offer him the opportunity to buy Elimelech’s inherited land as a redemption property. Initially, this close relative did want to buy the land and redeem it. But, when Boaz informed him that if he bought the land he needed to also acquire Ruth as his wife, the close relative thought again about his decision and for whatever reason now declined the offer. He did mention that somehow he would jeopardize his own inheritance; therefore, he allowed Boaz the right to redemption of the land and Ruth. They performed the customary removal of the sandal from one to another to confirm the exchange of the land unto the manner of attestation in Israel at the time, and the matter was completed. Boaz said to the elders and all the people who were there, “You are witnesses today that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and Mahlon (Elimelech’s sons who had passed away, Ruth 4:1-9).”

-He went on, “Moreover, I have acquired Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, to be my wife in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance, so that the name of the deceased will not be cut off from his brothers or from the court of his birth place; you are witnesses today.” All the people there agreed. They then pronounced blessing upon Ruth and Boaz by saying, “May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built the house of Israel; and may you achieve wealth in Ephrathah and become famous in Bethlehem (Ruth 4:10-11).” They went on with the pouring out of favor, “Moreover, may your house be like the house of Perez whom Tamar bore to Judah, through the offspring which the LORD will give you by this young woman (Ruth 4:12).” So Boaz completed his honorable and loveable mission by marrying his young bride and having sexual intimacy. They conceived by the enabling of the LORD and had a son. The women of the region blessed Naomi now and told her that indeed the LORD had raised up a redeemer who would become famous in Israel. Boaz would become a restorer of life to this older widow and a sustainer for her well-being. They went on to say something really special of this Moabitess foreigner, the impeccable and noble Ruth. She was to Naomi better than seven sons because she loved her mother-in-law and gave her a grandchild to carry on the family name (Ruth 4:13-15).

-In time Naomi laid the new child on her lap and became his nurse. He was named Obed, who later became the father of Jesse, who was the father of the future King David (Ruth 4:16-17). The book ends with the genealogy from Perez to David, a remarkable-real family line that fulfilled the ancient prophecies and would lead to the Messiah in the fullness of time (Ruth 4:18-22, Genesis 38:11-29; 49:10, Galatians 4:4-7).

-*Application* To this day, Boaz and Ruth’s names are famous in Bethlehem Ephrathah. Included is a picture of a restaurant built in the fertile area where Boaz’s wheat once grew. More important than this however is the legacy of love and redemption that truly began with this great man and woman of God. They had transformed lives that exuded class, kindness, and courage. For their character they received blessings, honor, and favor perhaps more than any other family in Israel. Let’s think about it, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, came from them. Do we want to incur the favor of God in our lives like these remarkable people? I don’t even need to answer that question do I? It’s obvious, as we allow the LORD to change our hearts, wills, and minds into conformity with His image, we too will experience the blessings of the Almighty in small and large ways.

Verses to Memorize: Ruth 4:10, 14

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