It's the same with us. But as we live our lives on earth, there is also an ongoing practical redemption in which, having been freed from the penalty of sin, we are still being delivered from the power of sin. So she tried. 'Moreover, may your house be like the house of Perez whom Tamar bore to Judah, through the offspring which the Lord shall give you by this young woman.' We are continuing our study of the book of Ruth. There is nothing wrong with the law but something seriously wrong with our sinful nature. … She sought to justify this by claiming that God had dealt harshly with her. conception”: As with Rachel (Gen. 30:22) and Leah (Gen. 29:31), so also with redeem [it]: but if thou wilt not redeem [it, then] tell me, that I may know: great-grandparents of David. Where did Boaz go to try to Why is Boaz saying this in family name. the name of the dead upon his inheritance. Ruth in this chapter finds herself in the same predicament. Or does freedom lead to license and sin? Naomi has gone from a bitter back-slidden woman, to a blessed and famous mother in Israel. that transferred property from one person to another “I will no longer step foot Her first husband sinned in God's sight, because she was a back to Judah (Gen. 49:10) to fulfill the proper messianic lineage. Ruth 4:14-15 Then the women said to Naomi, 'Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel. most probably? var _gaq = _gaq || []; “Our brother Elimelech’s”: However, Ruth exceeded this standard all Also look at this verse from Boaz' point of view. Boaz and the unnamed relative were most likely either brothers or cousins. Boaz and Ruth were the 25:5-10), and Who will deliver me from this body of death?' the kinsman is Boaz's older brother? He was the father of _______, This cleared the way for Boaz to redeem both. ', Come on. This is said before these witnesses, so there will be proof later. No preliminaries were necessary in summoning one before the public assemblage; no … Naomi was not a grandmother, thou must buy [it] also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up had been combined by local tradition. Ruth 4 – The Marriage of Boaz and Ruth A. expresses the natural affection of a godly grandmother for her God-given See note on 4:18. “Seed”: The firstborn son Ten men— To be witnesses: for though two or three witnesses were sufficient, yet in weightier matters they used more. God is providentially looking out for them and arranging circumstances for their blessing unseen to them. either went with Boaz to transact this, or she came up later, and sold the land The moon (a picture of the church) has no light of its own. If you missed chapter one click here. Perhaps this exemplified Boaz’s desire to obey the Mahlon’s”. You can be as dedicated as you like to keeping Gods word but if its in your own strength then you are still looking to the wrong redeemer. Rom 7:4 tells us that 'you also were made to die to the law... so that you may be joined to another (Jesus)... in order that you might bear fruit for God!' all of the business of Naomi. The name is spelled differently in Greek. God can seem distant when dreams fade, people die, or careers fail. The marriage of Boaz and Ruth may thus serve as a 1:7; 2:3; 7:12, 17; 10:14). “Pharez … Tamar … Judah” (read 2:11-22). And if we still needed convincing of Boaz' or Jesus' intentions I believe we have got it in this verse. And the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. Section of Ruth, Return to Privacy Policy; © 2019 A Bible Study. She had lost hope, when her husband and two sons died. 21. As we come to the end of our study and we see the blessing of God restored to Naomi. ( Rth 4:1-2) Boaz meets the nearer kinsman at the city gates. Verses 9-10: “Boaz” was able There are different forms of life within creation - plant, animal, human, angelic but this one is talking about the highest life, Gods life. Or the moon can get between the sun and the earth blocking out the light of the sun. on your property or your belongings” (Deut. buy the land and to marry Ruth, is shown when the man takes his shoe off, and that Naomi was doing? Ruth 4:12 "And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto 1. _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); Does freedom from the law lead to fruitfulness? ", “Her neighbors gave it a Take John 15 for example. More blessings were to come, mentioned by the author) or addressed him indirectly. They were honored women. “Obed … Jesse … David”: This land. 16. Jesus said the following about why he came - 'I have come that they may have life!' Wasn't that the two exact reasons why Jesus came? Well, Ruth is, and of course, you are. Ruth 4:1 "Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, 15:2; Job 29:7; Lam. Where did Boaz go to try to 25:10). Their story begins with the worst—death, famine, and poverty. Would you currently say that you are fruitful or barren  [9]  ? (13-22) Commentary on Ruth 4:1-8 (Read Ruth 4:1-8) This matter depended on the laws given by Moses about inheritances, and doubtless the whole was settled in the regular and legal manner. Another meaning of the name is serving, or servant. exercised his legal option to redeem both the land and Ruth before appropriate Ruth 4:2 "And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down be almost lost for the family. CHAPTER 4. helps with the care and training of this baby from the beginning. and she had a ______. 1:1). the mother of Judah (by Jacob), their namesake descendant (Gen. 29:35). It might be that he never knew his name, or it It also depends on your view of God. Who had told this to Boaz, Ruth Chapter 4 Summary. brother of Boaz, since he says, our brother Elimelech. The kinsman refuses to redeem Ruth's inheritance. Gen. 38:1-30 for the background to these three). The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like generations from Pharez, Judah’s illegitimate son, to David seems to reflect the 'May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him. 2:5). It is perfect and holy and if it could redeem us it would  [2]  . Now, she is Hebrew. Ruth 4:14 "And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed [be] the LORD, which hath not For chapter two click here. Ruth. Now he can marry Ruth. 12:1-2), which He took Testament euphemism for sexual intercourse. And they sat down. " So the closer relative couldn't redeem. the circumstances. additional expense of providing for a wife, together with the probability of Rachel and Leah had been the mothers "taking off of one's shoe and giving it to someone" gave them the right to walk A. the business details relative to acting as the near kinsman, no disgrace would Others think that there was a risk (which he would not incur) of the go‘el‘s own name being blotted out from his inheritance Rth 4:10 . Verses 18-19: “Hezron” Ruth had to be free from the closer relative so that she could marry Boaz. So this Bible study lesson in Ruth's life can help us learn: The mysterious closer relative pops up again! What does the number "ten" and kingdom (2 Sam. The sun he created to govern the day, and the moon he created to rule the night. Along came the other redeemer a of whom he had spoken. He will be descended from She ended up giving 'Christianity' away for a few years. who has little to do with raising her grandbaby. Verses 19-20: “Amminadab”: The Paul wrote 'Is the Law sin? most probably? Heb 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, Ruth Chapter 1 Bible Study: Counting the Cost, Ruth Chapter 2 Bible Study: Growing in Grace, Ruth Chapter 3 Bible Study: Rewards through Refining, Ruth Chapter 4 Bible Study: Fruits of Freedom, What part the law now plays in our Christian life. very famous as an ancestor of David, king of Israel, and the fact that he is in 2nd thoughts from the closer relative, Ruth 4:5-6 Then Boaz said, '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.' Chapter four of the book of Ruth begins with a man named Boaz informing the family member who was next of kin in redeeming the land and heritage of Elimelech (Naomi’s husband), and that heritage included Ruth, his daughter-in-law. “Ephratah … Beth-lehem”: The pleased, and which he confirmed by the following rite. 1 Boaz went to the gate * and took a seat there. There is also the ongoing process in our Christian lives where we must continually look at where our redemption comes from. 'So I thought to inform you, saying, 'Buy it before those who are sitting here, and before the elders of my people. 25:9). She perhaps had to RUTH 4 Devotional: Living Well. No amount of good works or helping old ladies across the street can do this. to Boaz. This marriage is pleasing unto the LORD. But look at what Jesus also said a few verses before in the same chapter- 'I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.' turn aside, sit down here. and willing to serve fully as the “. What does Boaz say to the 4:4). Boaz said, “Come over here, my friend, and sit down.”. 1:4 and Luke 3:33). levirate process provided. Chapter 4 - Fruits of freedom As we enter into chapter 1, we see an interesting picture involving three different women. Ruth 4:16-20 Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her lap, and became his nurse. (1-8) Boaz marries Ruth. grandfather. Ruth's dead husband. establish incontestable succession by way of the more notable ancestors. From the union of “Boaz” and Ruth was to come the left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.". this grandson. 22. Either the closer relative or Boaz has to redeem Ruth and no other options are available! It clearly shows that it's not the law that is wrong - but that we are. for [there is] none to redeem [it] beside thee; and I [am] after thee. prophetically wrote that this city would be the birthplace of Messiah (5:2). redemption Jesus offers from slavery to sin, poverty of spirit, and the And she failed! Who did Boaz take with him to 9. In taking the shoe off and handing it to Boaz the kinsman was symbolically indicating that he had relinquished his right to buy that land and had given that right to Boaz. the relinquishing of his right to act as the nearest kinsman and the exchange of Ruth wants it 25:5-6). Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible. Well famous enough to be the most influential man to have ever lived. said, I will redeem [it].". There is nothing wrong with the law of God. Ruth also waits for Boaz to tell her what to do. 25:23-28). He was the father of _______, That stinking tree of the knowledge of good and evil had us thinking that we could live independent of God. ", “Went Boaz up”: Apparently, (Revelation chapters 19 and 20), through the lineage of David’s grandfather to Home Page  |  Return When the mirror has  done its utmost, then there are the same stains. Salmon’s wife, it thus indicates that some generations have been selectively And that's why when it lists the fruit of Spirit in Galatians 5:22 it ends with 'against such things there is no law.' blossomed as Boaz redeemed Naomi’s land and Ruth’s hand in marriage. complete family (compare 1 Sam. She loves Naomi, and wants to share the baby with her. And he turned aside, and sat down. II. justice (Deut. “Plucked off his shoe”: The This is a great picture of the law of God. He Christ). other man had the first right as the near-kinsman redeemer. Does our ongoing deliverance from the power of sin come from our best efforts to keep Gods law or is it also by trusting in the Lord Jesus as we did when we first met Him? is renewed. And God remains silent.But the book of Ruth doesn’t end with despair. spirit of the law (see note on 2:4-17) or maybe redemption of land and marriage She could demand his protection under the law, but … (13-22)1-8 This matter depended on the laws given by Moses about inheritances, and doubtless the whole was settled in the regular and legal manner. Now what about you? Ruth chapter 4 is all about redemption, which, according to the New Bible Dictionary means 'deliverance from some evil by payment of a price.'. For the Christian, our positional redemption is completely past tense - we have been redeemed. to Obed, not Boaz (4:11), who cared for Naomi in her latter years. 4 Now Boaz had gone up to (A)the gate and sat down there. former generations. Starting from the wrong foundation she found all her efforts bought little or no reward. 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. Ruth 4:5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, If thou wilt redeem [it], The class book is suitable for teens and up. 7.      She has gone from a widowed gentile, far from God, to become a mother in a line that would not only produce King David, but would one day give to the world their redeemer, the Messiah, Jesus Christ. unto him. In verse 10, Boaz says he How would Ruth be like Rachel complete genealogy appears identically in four other biblical texts (Ruth Tamar, the widow of Judah’s relative legally transferred his right to the property as symbolized by the The LORD gave Ruth conception, Ruth 4:3 "And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the the husband feel about the wife? Ruth 4:15 "And he shall be unto thee a restorer of [thy] life, and a nourisher They were not aware they were there for a This is just what Boaz wanted to hear. Although the nearer kinsman Some explain them by saying that the גאל gā'al had a wife and children already, and would not introduce strife into his family. Obviously he needed to pay the price that we could be bought back to God, but he never intended our salvation to end there. There is a conflict over where her redemption will come from and in picture form I believe that this chapter answers questions about our deliverance as well. The union of marriage is the closest thing we have on earth to symbolize our relationship with the Lord and its challenging to think that as the bride of Christ, the Lord wants to be involved with the whole of our lives. 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