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March 30, 2018

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Reading along with us in Ruth? Here’s today’s reading:

Ruth 4 (ESV)

Now Boaz had gone up to the gate and sat down there. And behold, the redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, “Turn aside, friend; sit down here.” And he turned aside and sat down. And he took ten men of the elders of the city and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down. Then he said to the redeemer, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. So I thought I would tell you of it and say, ‘Buy it in the presence of those sitting here and in the presence of the elders of my people.’ If you will redeem it, redeem it. But if you will not, tell me, that I may know, for there is no one besides you to redeem it, and I come after you.” And he said, “I will redeem it.” Then Boaz said, “The day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the widow of the dead, in order to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance.” Then the redeemer said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I impair my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it.”....Continue Reading

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  1. 14Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! 15He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” 1

  2. You wonder, Jim, if the sandals came about as a way to confirm a transaction because they were significant (who wants to walk around in bear feet, especially if it was just one you gave away) and yet not very costly.

    But the love story ends. Boaz is wise to assemble witnesses to confirm this transaction and show he got the right to this land and the people connected to it in a just way. Interesting that the other party is interested when only the land is mentioned, but when responsibility for Naomi is included, he backs away. People are always a greater responsibility than possession. But Boaz is glad to do it so the responsibility for the is a blessing. And so Ruth bears Boaz a son who becomes the grandfather of David. And Naomi’s sorrow is redeemed by this daughter-in-law who has been greater then many sons in her care for her. Ruth is a story of love and commitment on various levels.

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