Changing the Bad to Good The Book of Ruth. Naomi is all alone in a foreign country and she decided to go back to Israel. Her daughter-in-laws decide to go with her.
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Naomi is all alone in a foreign country and she decided to go back to Israel. Her daughter-in-laws decide to go with her.
You see, there were cultural rules, if your husband dies, the family of your husband is to provide another husband, a brother of the dead man, so the dead man’s name is carried on with children.
Ruth and Naomi arrive during the barley harvest and it was an accepted practice that the poor could go into the fields after the harvest and glean the extra grain that was missed. Ruth went out that morning and chose a field 2:3 So she went out and began to glean in the fields behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she found herself working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelech.
Ruth had chosen God as her God. She left behind the gods of the Moabites. She had taken a chance joining Naomi. The Israelites didn’t like the Moabites, they were enemies. Would she be accepted? Would she get a new husband?
3:4 When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do.
There was a man that was a closer relative and he had 1st choice as Kinsman. And so the 2 men met. 4:4-6 I thought I should bring the matter to your attention and suggest that you buy it in the presence of these seated here and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, do so. But if you will not, tell me, so I will know. For no one has the right to do it except you, and I am next in line." "I will redeem it," he said. 5 Then Boaz said, "On the day you buy the land from Naomi and from Ruth the Moabitess, you acquire the dead man's widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property.“ 6 At this, the kinsman-redeemer said, "Then I cannot redeem it because I might endanger my own estate. You redeem it yourself. I cannot do it."
The Kinsman Redeemer had 2 obligations. To buy the land and to marry the widow in order to have a son to carry on the family name.
For Boaz, this was a perfect situation. He was single, he acquired a wife, he acquired some land and he got a son out of the arrangement.
And this story of redemption is a part of a bigger story. Boaz and Ruth were great grandparents of King David of Israel And better yet, the ancestors of Jesus.
God sends people into our lives to help us out of bad situations. That’s kindness, that’s grace, that’s redemption.
Redemption-delivering from a bad condition to a good condition. God did this with mankind.