Well everyone, we are the last and final chapter of the book of Ruth, and might I say what an incredible story this was! We learned about a woman who had lost her husband, traveled to a foreign land, and had to work long days just to provide for her and her mother in law. Ruth could have turned to many different routes and would have missed out on so many blessings. But, she chose to trust God and followed through on a path unknown. And from that Act of obedience she eventually found a kind, noble, and loving man of God. Remember how I told you this book has a happy ending? Well let’s dive in!
Ruth Chapter four starts out with Boaz discussing with the family redeemer of Naomi and ten witness of the his town. When Boaz approached him, he told him about how Naomi was selling the land that belonged to her former husband, Elimelech. Boaz explained to the family redeemer that if he was to choose to inherit this land, he also had to take Ruth’s hand in marriage. The man insisted that Boaz should take his place and inherit the land, since the man thought it would interfere with managing his already ownes land. So, Boaz agreed, and as an Israel custom in “authorizing transactions”, Boaz removed his sandal and proclaimed in front of the previous family redeemer and the ten leaders of the town that he would inherit the land of Elimelech and take Ruth’s hand in marriage. God immediately went to work and after Ruth and Boaz wed, they slept together and they had a son, Obed. Naomi was filled with joy because after losing two of her sons, she had gained a new one (Boaz being a close relative to Naomi, it was all part of God’s plan).
The town’s women were so pleased to see Naomi filled with life again. “The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David.” Ruth 4:17 NLT
Now this next part explains the blood line of how Boaz is connected to Jesus Christ: “This is the genealogical record of their ancestor Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron. Hezron was the father of Ram. Ram was the father of Amminadab. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon. Salmon was the father of Boaz. Boaz was the father of Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David.” Ruth 4:18-22
It is all connected. Through Ruth’s act of obedience, she continued to carry the bloodline of Christ. We would have never read these miraculous stories of King David if Ruth and Boaz didn’t commit their lives to God’s will. This book demonstrates the act of God’s promises and how He can create something beautiful in a ugly mess. Things won’t always go to plan, but when we choose to trust and believe in His word, the pain we feel will only be temporary. We can seek out His face and know any trial we face, whether it’s waiting in singleness, dealing with heart break, or handling marriage difficulties, there is nothing God won’t handle and we don’t need to be afraid to let go, be still, and to trust His works.