Saturday, July 13, 2013
Read Ruth 4:1-12
God established a custom back in Leviticus that each division of land would remain with specific families. If something happened where the land would be lost or sold, a relative within the same family or tribe was obligated to redeem the land. Similarly for a man who has no children, a brother or near relative is supposed to take his widow and raise children to continue the line. There are are spiritual applications here also. Ruth came to Boaz and acknowledged that he was a redeemer, I am fairly sure that he was aware of this, I wonder how much time had passed from when she returned from Moab until now. Boaz is so moved by this woman, amazed that she has chosen him, yet tradition holds that someone closer to Elimelech has the first choice. So this brings us to the meeting at the city gates.
Boaz is a shrewd cookie, he brings up the issue of the land first and Ruth second. I think that either way he intended to have Ruth. Should the other relative take the land it was unlikely he would take her also. But as things turn out, he passes on the whole deal. Just like the land, we have sold ourselves to sin and we need a redeemer, there is however only one who is able. And His love is more profound than any man's or woman's. He sits and waits for us to come.