Read – Ruth 4
Focus on verse 9- 10
Ten years ago two teenage twin brothers named Alex and Brett Harris authored a book which they titled “Do Hard Things”. It was apparently born out of their frustration with the lack of expectations placed on young people. Now ten years later the twins are twenty five years old, and while their lives have taken different directions, they continue to challenge themselves and others to do the hard things… the right things…the kinds of things that change the world for the better.
In the closing chapter of the book of Ruth, Boaz make a choice to do a hard thing.
What Boaz did for Naomi and Ruth in redeeming the land of Elimelech was not without cost to Boaz, and perhaps not an easy thing to do, but it was the honorable and right thing to do in that culture. It all sounds very business like in the way the transaction takes place, and in some ways it was very much a business transaction, but it was also much more. By agreeing to redeem the land of Elimelech and take Ruth as his wife, Boaz was agreeing to perpetuate the name and family line of Elimelech and his sons, which would have been cut off if Ruth had not chosen to follow Naomi back to Israel. This was in that sense a very unselfish and even costly thing for Boaz to do, but it was also a right and honorable thing for Boaz to do.
Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I
have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and to Mahlon. Also Ruth the Moabite, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brothers and from the gate of his native place. You are witnesses this day.”(v. 9-10)
So Boaz does the right thing and the story ends in fairy tale fashion with Boaz and Ruth living happily ever after…Ruth the Moabite, a despised foreigner to most Israelites, becomes the wife of a nobleman named Boaz and goes on to be the Mother of Obed, grand mother of Jesse, and Great grandmother of King David.