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Ruth 4:13 So Boaz took Ruth into his home, and she became his wife.
Once again, we need to recognize the culture and customs of the ancient world. When Ruth’s initial husband died, the cultural law was that his brother would take Ruth as his wife in order to provide family heirs for her. But in Ruth’s case, her former husband’s brother had also died.
As such, the cultural law then turned to the closest relative. In Ruth’s case, she and Naomi believed that Boaz was the closest relative to the family, so Ruth being able to marry Boaz was seen as a simple solution. However, it turned out that there was another relative who would be next in line.
So Boaz sets out with a plan, and ultimately offers to accept full responsibility for the land previously owned by Naomi’s husband and her two sons. By doing so, he also had the responsibility of accepting Ruth as his wife. The life of Ruth was full of twists and turns, but God continued working through her and her family, and she became the great grandmother of King David.
READING & PRAYERS:
RUTH 4:1-22 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: Ruth left her family of origin, her home, and he nation, ultimately becoming a worshiper of God. What is something you may struggle to leave behind in order to grow as a worshiper of God?
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, it’s often easy for me to think of something I can give up in order to grow closer in my relationship to You, but it’s more difficult to think of the things I don’t want to give up to do so. Today, reveal something in my life I need to give up so that I can more fully experience the live of love, joy, and peace You offer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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