The story of Ruth and Boaz is one of history’s greatest love stories. A widow, destitute and helpless, falls in love with a landowner who happens to be the right part of the family. He’s gracious and kind to her and in the beginning of chapter 4 it happens: they get married.
In verse 13 a blessed event occurs—she is pregnant and gives birth to a son, and not just any son—a son they named Obed that would be in the linage of Jesus! We read this in verse 21-22:
Salmon was the father of Boaz. Boaz was the father of Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse.
Jesse was the father of David – king David! And we go on to read:
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. Luke 2:4-5
WOW! This story IS significant! Boaz was an interesting guy; godly and a man of character. We see examples of this all throughout the book.
In chapter 3 verse 11 – we see his Purity. Boaz had every opportunity to take advantage of Ruth – she’s in a very vulnerable position. No one would have know – he was a man of position – she was a foreigner – but Boaz’ character is seen. He even goes to the extreme of protecting her reputation.
In chapter 3 verses 12-14 we see his Honesty. Boaz was concerned with doing the right thing – he was honest with Ruth and honest with his community. He knew he might lose the woman he loved to another man – but he was compelled to be honest. Honesty is window into the soul – Honesty reveals a desire to do the right thing,
In chapter 3 verse 15 he was Generous to Ruth giving her food and protecting her from the other men. In chapter 4 verses 1-12 we see his Morality. Doing the right thing whether people are watching or not. And of course, throughout the entire book we see his Love.
Boaz was a kinsmen redeemer a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ and what He is to us. You may or may not know, that Boaz had an interesting family history:
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David. Matthew 1:5-6
Whose mother was Rahab… who was Rahab? She was the prostitute that saved the spies when they were entering into the promised land. When she was doing the right thing she had no idea…
Little decisions matter! Consistency – Faithfulness – Obeying God whether anyone is watching or not – little decisions often have big results.
- What did God speak to you about today from this passage?
- What “little changes” does God want to make in your life today?
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor