Observations on Ruth 4

Last chapter of Ruth, follow along here.

  • Went to the gate and sat down.  From what I gather, the town/city gate was often a place to meet people and socialize and do business.
  • Brought over 10 elders to make it formal and have witnesses.
  • Starts by presenting the option to buy the land.  (why?)
  • He did want to buy the land until he heard about Ruth.
  • “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of the deceased, in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance.” – interesting custom.
  • “I cannot redeem it for myself, because I would jeopardize my own inheritance. Redeem it for yourself; you may have my right of redemption, for I cannot redeem it.”
  • Why would it jeopardize his inheritance?  Was it simply too costly to care for a widow?  Was he already married?  Was Boaz for that matter?  Was it possible Boaz was a widower?  Lots of questions about this.
  • Maybe the other relative didn’t want Ruth because he knew that Boaz did want her.
  • Removing the sandals – kind of comical but whatever works.
  • “so that the name of thedeceased will not be cut off from his brothers or from the court of his birth place” – another motivating factor – but again, why did this jeopardize his inheritance?
  • “May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built the house of Israel ; and may you achieve wealth in Ephrathah and become famous in Bethlehem.” – who are Rachel and Leah?  What is Ephrathah?
  • “Moreover, may your house be like the house of Perez whom Tamarbore to Judah, through the offspring which the LORD will give you by this young woman.”  – who were they?
  • Had a son – major blessing.  Part of the line of Christ.
  • “So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.”
  • What does Obed mean?
  • Wasn’t Boaz of the house of Perez?  See earlier question.

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