‘I have also acquired Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, to be my wife to restore the name of the deceased to his inheritance, so that the name of the deceased will not be cut off from his brothers or from the gate of his birthplace. You are witnesses today.” Then Boaz said to the elders and to all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought everything that was Elimelech’s and everything that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s from the hand of Naomi. All the people at the gate and the elders said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the household of Israel. May you achieve wealth and power in Ephrathah and become famous in Bethlehem.
‘“When I passed by you again and saw you, behold, you were at the age for love, and I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness; I made my vow to you and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Lord God , and you became mine. ‘
Ezekiel 16:8 (ESV)
We are created to live out a redemptive story. The arc of human history is a redemptive love story that continually finds itself in our everyday mundane moments. We see this happening here in Ruth’s and Naomi’s lives. The climax of this story is one in which the Creator of the Universe comes down to Earth so that he can spread the corner of his garment over us and give us a future and a hope. A kinsman redeemer was not only essential during Naomi’s time and it was a provision from the Lord to care for families. His heart for the foreigner, the oppressed, the widow, and the lowly has always been highlighted in the way he created a way to care for them. So, then we see Naomi’s Moabite daughter-in-law walk out these life circumstances but she puts her hope in the God of Israel, the one who has arrested her heart and through his loving-kindness she sees that he is leading her to redemption.
We see Boaz not only living a moral and upright life but a life led by the spirit of God. Through whom he walks in wisdom and discernment because of this he can see the true character of Ruth. This spurs him on to walk rightly and humbly before God and his community. He trusts the Lord’s abundance when he accepts to redeem Naomi and marry Ruth. I wonder if his heart beat wildly as he realized that the redemption of his mother Rahab (Joshua 2-6) through God’s faithfulness was now providing for another foreign woman who now lived for God. What a beautiful prototype of Jesus, the one true redeemer of our souls.
These three were drawn by the kindness of God and they made him their God. They trusted his word and did not allow the circumstances they faced or their own pride keep them from surrendering to his will. So, we must ask ourselves this question that I heard Elijah Dejong ask, “Is God our God or are we wanting a hybrid of God plus us?” Can we trust the One who has poured out his lovingkindness on us or do we feel like we need to help him bring about the story we have envisioned for our lives? Are you struggling with trusting his goodness for you? Do you feel like he is late? Re-read this story and write down the characteristics of God you encounter and put them somewhere where you can remember that He is working in your life too.