Boaz Marries Ruth
Verse 1- Boaz knew he would find his relative at the town gate because this was the center of the town’s activity. Everyone that entered or left the town had to pass through the gate. Here city officials gathered to transact business.
Verse 3 – Boaz brought some information that was not known before. Elimelech, Naomi’s former husband, still had some property in the area that was now for sale. As the nearest relative, this man had the first right to buy the land, which he agreed to do. But then Boaz said that according to the law, if the relative bought the property he also had to marry the widow. At this stipulation, the relative backed down. He may have feared that if he had a son through Ruth, some of his estate would transfer away from his family to the family of Elimelech. Whatever his reason, the way was now clear for Boaz to marry Ruth.
Verse 15 – Ruth’s love for her mother-in-law was known and recognized throughout the town. From the beginning of the book of Ruth to the end, her kindness toward others remains unchanged. God brought great blessings out of Naomi’s tragedy, even greater than “seven sons,” or abundance of heirs. Even in our sorrow and calamity, God can bring great blessings.
Verses 16, 17 – To some, the book of Ruth is just a nice story. However, in reality, it is recorded to show God’s preparations for the birth of David and Jesus, the promised Messiah. Once we go through the troubles or trials, we can look back and see the bigger purpose that God truly intended. We have to make our choices with God’s eternal value in mind. Because of Ruth’s faithful obedience, her life and legacy were significant even though she couldn’t see all the results. Live in faithfulness to God knowing that the significance of your life will extend beyond your lifetime. The rewards will outweigh any sacrifice you may have made.