Boaz knew where to find his relative, at the city entryway. This was the focal point of movement. Nobody could enter or leave the city without going through the city gate. Dealers set up their brief shops close to the entryway, which additionally filled in as a "city hall." Here city authorities accumulated to execute business. Since there was such a lot of movement, it was a decent spot to track down witnesses (4:2) and a fitting spot for Boaz to make his exchange.
Boaz keenly communicated his viewpoint to the family members. In the first place, he presented new data not yet referenced in the story. Elimelech, Naomi's previous spouse, actually had property close by that was presently available to be purchased. As the closest family member, this man had the main right to purchase the land, which he consented to (Leviticus 25:25). However, at that point Boaz said that as per the law, assuming the relative purchased the property he additionally needed to wed the widow (likely on the grounds that Mahlon, Ruth's previous spouse, and Elimelech's child, had acquired the property). At this specification, the relative withdrew.
He would have rather not entangled the inheritance that he was leaving for his own children. He might have expected that assuming he had a child through Ruth, a portion of his bequests would move away from his family to the family of Elimelech. Whatever his explanation, the way was currently clear for Boaz to wed Ruth.
Of the predecessors as a whole (counting Abraham), that they might have named, for what reason did these men refer to Pharez (additionally written as Perez)? The introduction of Perez was an illustration of the levirate practice, by which the sibling or closest male relative of the dead spouse wedded his widow (Genesis 38). Boaz, as the kinsman-redeemer, was following this levirate practice since Ruth's previous spouse had no living siblings (3:1). The relatives of Perez made Judah a noticeable tribe. Boaz, as well as David, and all of the Judean kings were relatives of Perez.
Ruth's adoration for her mother-in-law was known and perceived all through the city. Throughout the whole book of Ruth, her thoughtfulness towards others actually stayed unaltered.
God brought incredible gifts once again from Naomi's misfortune, significantly more prominent endowments than "seven sons," or a wealth of beneficiaries. All through her difficult stretches, Naomi kept on confiding in God. What is more, God in his time favored her incredibly. Indeed, even in our distresses and cataclysm, God can bring extraordinary gifts. We ought to resemble Naomi and not walk out on God when misfortune strikes. We ought not to inquire, "How could God permit this to happen to me?" Instead, we should confide in him. He will be with us even in tough situations. His assets are limitless, and he is looking for individuals who will confide in him.
To a few, the book of Ruth might be only a pleasant story about a young lady who was lucky in life. In actuality, the occasions recorded in Ruth were essential for God's arrangements for the births of David and of the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ. Similarly, as Ruth knew nothing about this bigger reason in her life, we will not have a clue about the full reason and significance of our lives until eternity sets in and we are able to look back and see the big picture, which at this time, only God knows.
We should settle on our decisions based on the values that God has set. If our life appears to be stuck in a waiting period, or in limbo, pursuing short-sightedness in our moral character and living for short-range joys are bad ways of trying to push forward. Due to Ruth's devoted dutifulness, her life and inheritance were huge even though she was unable to see the outcomes as a whole. We should live in unwaveringness to God, realizing that the meaning of our lives will stretch out past our lifetime. The heavenly prizes will offset any penance that we might have made in our life.
As widows, Ruth and Naomi could only anticipate troublesome occasions (1:8-9). In any case, when Naomi heard the report about Boaz, her hope for what's to come was reestablished (2:20). As was normal of her character, she considered Ruth first, empowering her to check whether Boaz would assume the liability of being a kinsman-redeemer to her.
A kinsman-redeemer was a family member who elected to assume liability for the more distant family. At the point when a lady's husband had passed on, the Law (Deuteronomy 25:5-10) stated that she could wed a sibling of her dead spouse. Yet, Naomi had no more children. In such a case, the closest relative with the deceased spouse could turn into a kinsman-redeemer and wed the widow. The closest relative did not need to wed the widow. Assuming he decided not to, the following closest relative could have his place. In the event that nobody decided to help the widow, she would most likely live in poverty the remainder of her life, on the grounds that in Israelite culture the inheritance was given to the child or closest male family member, not to the wife. To alleviate these inheritance rules, there were laws for gathering and kinsman-redeemer.
We have a kinsman-redeemer in Jesus Christ, who although he was God, came to earth as a man to save us. By his demise on the cross, he has reclaimed us from transgression and subsequently bought us to be his own people (1 Peter 1:18-19). This ensures our everlasting legacy.
The threshing (or sifting) floor was where the grain was isolated from the gathered wheat. The wheat stalks were squashed, either the hard way by hand or by cattle, and the significant grain (the inward parts) was isolated from the useless debris (the external shell). The floor was produced using rock or soil and situated external to the town, typically on a raised site where the breezes would blow away the lighter debris when the squashed wheat was tossed (or winnowed). Boaz went through the night adjacent to the sifting floor for two reasons: to forestall burglary and to wait on his turn to sift grain.
Naomi's recommendation appears to be bizarre, yet she was not proposing a tempting demonstration. In reality, Naomi was training Ruth to act as per Israelite customs and law. It was normal for workers to lie at the feet of their lord and even receive a piece of his covering. By noticing this custom, Ruth would let Boaz know that he could be her kinsman-redeemer, and that he could track down somebody to wed her or wed her himself. It was a family-owned company, not anything to do with romance. Nevertheless, the story later turned out to be wonderfully heartfelt as Ruth and Boaz fostered an unselfish love and profound regard for one another.
As an outsider, Ruth might have believed that Naomi's recommendation was odd. Yet, Ruth heeded the guidance since she realized that Naomi was benevolent, reliable, and had moral trustworthiness. Every one of us knows a parent, a more seasoned companion, or relative who is continually paying special attention to our wellbeing. We ought to pay attention to the counsel of the people who are more experienced and wiser than we are. The experience and knowledge of such an individual can be important. Envision what Ruth's life would have been like had she overlooked her relative.
Boaz was an unselfish man. He had a lot to lose by respecting Ruth's solicitation, particularly since their first child would be Naomi's beneficiary, not his. Yet, Boaz looked upon Ruth's upright characteristics and felt honored that she had come to him. This was striking in a culture that viewed ladies, particularly unfamiliar ladies, more as property than as people.
Boaz had a lot to lose and truly little to acquire, yet he made the right decision, and God regarded him. How would we react when the decision is between working on something for ourselves or making the right decision? We ought to make the right decision and allow God to deal with the outcomes.
Ruth and Naomi probably accepted that Boaz was their nearest relative. Boaz, as well, should have as of now considered wedding Ruth since his response to her shows that he had been mulling over everything. One man in the city was a nearer relative than Boaz, and this man had the principal right to accept Ruth as his significant other. Assuming he decided not to, then, at that point, Boaz could wed Ruth (3:13).
Naomi said that Boaz would finish his promise immediately. He clearly had gained notoriety for keeping his promises. He did not rest until his undertaking was finished. Such dependable individuals endure in any age and culture. Do others see us as a person that will do what we say that we will do? Keeping our word and finishing our tasks ought to be high on anybody's list. Building a standing for trustworthiness, in any case, should be done in each step of our walk.
In this chapter, we see the activity of Ruth. What did she do when she came to a new land and what was her purpose?
When the barley and wheat were fit to be collected, gatherers were employed to chop down the stalks and tie them into packs. Israelite law directed that the corners of the fields were not to be reaped. Likewise, any grain that was dropped was to be left for the gleaners, those destitute individuals who gathered it for their food (Leviticus 19:9, 23:22). The reason for this law was to take care of poor people and keep the proprietors from hoarding. This law filled in as a sort of government assistance program in Israel. Since she was a widow without any method for maintaining herself, Ruth went into the fields to gather the grain.
Ruth made her home in an unfamiliar land. Rather than relying upon Naomi or trusting that favorable luck will occur, she stepped up to the plate. She was not terrified of conceding her need or endeavoring to supply it. When Ruth went out to the fields, God provided for her. During the times that we are waiting for God to move, he might be waiting for us to venture out, in taking the first step, to exhibit exactly how significant our need is.
Ruth's undertaking, however modest, tiring, and demeaning, was done steadfastly. What is our disposition when the assignment that we have been performing is not to our actual potential? The job needing to be done might be everything that could be done, or it could be the work that God needs us to do. Or then again as for Ruth's situation, it very well might be a trial of our temperament that can open up new opportunities.
In addition to the fact that Ruth took the initiative to work, she buckled down. There are times when challenging work with little reprieve is our main choice. Boaz saw Ruth's diligent effort. Had she viewed herself as excessively glad or humiliated at work, she would have botched the chance of meeting Boaz, completely changing her, and turning into the precursor of a king and the Messiah.
She Fell on Her Face:
Outsiders or foreigners were not always heartily invited to Israel, however, Boaz readily welcomed Ruth, since she had gained notoriety for giving grace and liberality to other people. Boaz was so dazzled with Ruth that he let her follow straightforwardly behind his harvesters to get the choicest grain that was dropped.
Ruth's previous activities were a report card by which others appraised her. Her great reputation was her most significant resource. It came because of her persistent effort, her solid moral personage, and her affectability, generosity, and dedication to Naomi. A decent reputation is based upon God-respecting character and generosity toward others.
Ruth's life showed honorable characteristics: she was persevering, cherishing, kind, dedicated, and courageous. These characteristics acquired her a good reputation, however, simply because she showed them reliable in all aspects of her life. Any place Ruth went or whatever she did, her character continued as before.
Our reputation is shaped by individuals who watch us at work, around town, at home, or at church. A good reputation occurs by reliably demonstrating the characteristics that we have confidence in, regardless of the group of individuals or environmental factors that we are in.
She Sat, She Ate, She Rose:
The characters in the book of Ruth are exemplary instances of good individuals in real life. Boaz went a long way past the plan of the gleaners' law in showing his graciousness and generosity. In addition to the fact that he let Ruth gather in his field, he additionally advised his laborers to let a portion of the grain fall deliberately in her way. Out of his plenitude, he accommodated the poor. How frequently do we go past the acknowledged examples of accommodating those less fortunate? We ought to accomplish more than what is required with regard to helping other people.
Naomi had felt a bit bitter (1:20-21), however her confidence in God was as yet alive, and she praised God for Boaz's graciousness to Ruth. In her distresses, she actually confided in God and recognized God's integrity. We might have a harsh outlook on a circumstance; however, we should never surrender to despair about God's work in our lives. Today is consistently another chance for encountering God's consideration.
She Kept Fast:
(She kept her place)
Although Ruth might not have consistently perceived God's direction in her life, he had been with her at all times. She went to gather and coincidentally ended up in the field possessed by Boaz who incidentally turned out to be a direct relation. This was something other than a simple coincidence. As we approach our everyday assignments, God is working in our lives in manners that we may not take note of. We should not close the entryway to what God can do. For the Christian, situations do not “just happen” by karma or occurrence. We should have faith that God is coordinating our lives to fulfill his plans.
Ruth 1:1-22, (16)
The book of Ruth shows how God used three people to achieve his purpose. These three people had character and were true to God. It also tells the story of how God’s grace was given during a challenging time. We can see that Naomi used her life as a witness for God and it touch others.
In verses 1-3:
The story of Ruth happens at some point during the time of the judges. These were dull days for Israel, when "every man did that which was right in his own eyes" (Judges 17:6, 21:25). Regardless, during those dim and fiendish occasions, there were still some who followed God. Naomi and Ruth are an excellent image of reliability, fellowship, and responsibility, both to God and to one another.
Moab was the land east of the Dead Sea. It was one of the countries that persecuted Israel during the time of the judges (Judges 3:12). The famine must have been serious in Israel for Elimelech to move his family there. Regardless of whether Israel had effectively crushed Moab, there still would have been strains between them.
In verses 4-6:
Cordial relations with the Moabites were dissuaded (Deuteronomy 23:6) yet not illegal since the Moabites lived outside the Promised Land. Getting married to a Canaanite, nonetheless, was against God's law (Deuteronomy 7:1-4). Moabites were not permitted to come to the Tabernacle to worship, since they had not allowed the Israelites to go through their territory during the Exodus from Egypt (Deuteronomy 23:3-4).
In verses 7-9:
There was barely anything more terrible than being a widow in the old world. Widows were exploited or overlooked. They were quite often stricken with poverty. God's Law, subsequently, gave that the closest relative of the dead spouse, the requirement of caring for the widow; yet Naomi had no family members in Moab, and she could not say whether any of her family members were as yet alive in Israel.
Indeed, even in her frantic circumstance, Naomi had a magnanimous disposition. Despite the fact that she had chosen to go back to Israel, she urged Ruth and Orpah to remain in Moab and begin their lives once again, despite the fact that this would mean difficulty for herself. Like Naomi, we should think about the necessities of others and not only ourselves. As Naomi found out, when we act unselfishly, others are urged to follow our model.
In verses 10-14:
Naomi's remark here alludes to the levirate marriage, the commitment of a dead man's sibling to provide for his widow (Deuteronomy 25:5-10). This law kept the widow from poverty and gave a way for the family name of the dead spouse to proceed.
Naomi, nonetheless, had no other male children for Ruth or Orpah to wed, so she urged them to stay in their country and remarry. Orpah concurred, which was her right. Yet, Ruth was prepared to surrender the chance of safety, and kids, to accompany and assist Naomi.
In verses 15-18:
Ruth was a Moabitess, yet that did not prevent her from revering to the genuine God, nor did it prevent God from approving of her love and piling incredible gifts upon her. The Jews were by all accounts, not the only individuals that God adored. God picked the Jews to be individuals through whom the remainder of the world would come to know him. This was satisfied when Jesus Christ was brought into the world as a Jew. Through him, the entire world can come to know God. Acts 10:35 says that "in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." God acknowledges all who love him. Regardless of race, sex, or ethnicity, God can and does work through all people. Ruth is an ideal illustration of God's fairness.
Although Ruth was from a nation that was frequently loathed by Israel, she was honored due to her unwaveringness. She turned into an extraordinary great-grandmother of King David and an immediate precursor of Jesus. Nobody should feel excluded to serve God in view of race, sex, or national origin. He can utilize each situation to further his Kingdom.
In verses 19-22:
Naomi had encountered extreme difficulties. She had left Israel wedded and secure; she returned bereft and poor. Naomi changed her name to communicate the harshness and torment that she felt. Naomi was not dismissing God by straightforwardly communicating her aggravation. In any case, she appears to have neglected to focus on the huge assets that she had in her relationship with Ruth and with God. (Job 6:4; Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5)
At the point when we face unpleasant occasions, God invites our fair petitions, yet we are to be mindful so as not to disregard the adoration, strength, and assets that he gives in our current connections. Furthermore, do not permit harshness and frustration to frazzle us to the positive changes that could enter our lives. (James 4:8)
Since Israel's environment is very moderate, there are two harvest times every year, in the spring and in the fall. The harvest of barley occurred in the spring, and it was during this season of bounty and hope that Ruth and Naomi went back to Bethlehem. Bethlehem was a cultivating local area, and in light of the fact that it was harvest time, there was a lot of extra grain in the fields.
Bethlehem is around five miles southwest of Jerusalem. The town was encircled by lavish fields and olive forests. Its harvests were bountiful. Naomi and Ruth's re-visitation of Bethlehem was absolutely essential for God's arrangement, for it is here where David was born (1 Samuel 16:1); and, as prophesied by the prophet Micah (Micah 5:2), Jesus Christ would likewise be brought into the world there. This move, at that point, was more than simply advantageous for Ruth and Naomi, it prompted the satisfaction of Scripture.