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1 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth …

2 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth When The Judges Ruled Israel

3 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Agrees To Redeem Ruth Ruth 3  Naomi’s earlier thoughts (2:20) are now put into words vv. 1-5  She wanted Ruth to be “secure”  She knew Ruth was entitled to the care and protection offered through a levirate marriage

4 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Agrees To Redeem Ruth Ruth 3  Naomi’s earlier thoughts (2:20) are now put into words vv. 1-5  She instructed Ruth on how to approach Boaz and ask him to perform the duties of the near kinsman

5 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Agrees To Redeem Ruth Ruth 3  Ruth approaches Boaz vv  After he was asleep, she uncovered his feet and lay there until he awoke  She would then ask him to spread his “skirt” (covering) over her  A proposal Ù make me your wife

6 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Agrees To Redeem Ruth Ruth 3  Ruth approaches Boaz vv  A woman under a man’s cover meant he had taken her as a wife Deut 22:30 27:20 Ezek 16:8  Boaz commends Ruth for not chasing young men, and for her good reputation vv

7 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Agrees To Redeem Ruth Ruth 3  Ruth approaches Boaz vv  Boaz agreed to redeem her…however, there were “legalities” to work out vv  There was a nearer kinsman…he had the first right of refusal  If he chose to redeem Ruth, fine…if he refused, Boaz was next & he would redeem

8 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Agrees To Redeem Ruth Ruth 3  Boaz protects Ruth’s reputation vv  He had previously commended her for her good name 2:11 3:11  They had done nothing wrong or “tawdry” that evening at the threshing floor  Yet, others still might talk seeing her leave

9 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Agrees To Redeem Ruth Ruth 3  Boaz protects Ruth’s reputation vv  He gave her six measures of barley to carry back to Naomi  Others seeing her leave would simply think she was getting an early start to her work

10 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Agrees To Redeem Ruth Ruth 3  Boaz protects Ruth’s reputation vv  Historians record the common practices of immorality in ancient cultures, especially around harvest time  Fornication was rampant among pagan religions…a way to “worship” fertility gods

11 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Agrees To Redeem Ruth Ruth 3  Boaz protects Ruth’s reputation vv  Even though Boaz & Ruth didn’t do anything wrong that evening, they still were careful to avoid the appearance of sin  A good lesson for us to imitate today re: our own behavior 1 Thess 5:22

12 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Agrees To Redeem Ruth Ruth 3  Ruth returns to Naomi and tells her about the meeting with Boaz vv  She also shows her the six measures of barley  Naomi tells Ruth to wait…Boaz will do as he said and will not procrastinate v. 18

13 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Marries Ruth Ruth 4  Naomi was correct…Boaz did not delay in going to the nearer kinsman vv :18  He called him to the city gate  He also called 10 city elders as witnesses  Boaz informed the nearer kinsman of the land Naomi needed to sell v. 3

14 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Marries Ruth Ruth 4  Boaz informed him of his first right of refusal…if he didn’t want it, Boaz was next in line & he would buy it v. 4a  The nearer kinsman agreed to buy it v. 4b  Boaz also informed him of his duty to take Ruth as wife & father a son v. 5

15 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Marries Ruth Ruth 4  The nearer kinsman refused v. 6  He could not in the grounds doing so would “mar” or “jeopardize” his own inheritance  Money already his (his estate’s) would be used to purchase land he would not eventually get to keep…Ruth (her son) was destined to own the land

16 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Marries Ruth Ruth 4  The “custom” of refusal vv. 7-8  If one refused to perform the duties of the near kinsman, he was to relinquish his right by removing his sandal and giving it to the next kinsman in line  There appears to be some connection to the statute found in Deut 25:7-10

17 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Marries Ruth Ruth 4  Boaz agrees to redeem Ruth vv  He calls all present to witness that he has agreed to purchase Naomi’s field  They are also witness to his willingness to marry Ruth and raise up a son so that Mahlon’s name not be blotted out in Israel

18 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Marries Ruth Ruth 4  Boaz agrees to redeem Ruth vv  Those present in the court around the gate blessed Ruth…“may she be like Rachel & Leah…” [bear many children]  They also want Boaz’s new home to be like that of Perez [ancestor…twin born to Judah 1 Chron 2:5 Gen 38:27-30 ]

19 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Marries Ruth Ruth 4  The blessing of this marriage vv  God allowed Ruth to conceive and bear a son to account for Mahlon’s inheritance  The women in Bethlehem praised Naomi… now, she had a “redeemer” and a “restorer of life” [Obed]

20 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Marries Ruth Ruth 4  The blessing of this marriage vv  The women also praise Ruth…she had proven herself to be more valuable to Naomi than 7 sons  A high compliment, given the preference for sons over daughters…Ruth had been very faithful to Naomi

21 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Marries Ruth Ruth 4  The blessing of this marriage vv  The women brought Obed to Naomi and laid him on her lap…she became his nurse  All her former bitterness was erased by this precious child 1:13, 20-21

22 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Marries Ruth Ruth 4  The importance of this book vv  It appears the way the book concludes reveals the main reason for the book  Out of the subsequent descendants came David, Israel’s greatest king  More importantly would also come the Messiah Mt 1:2-6a

23 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Marries Ruth Ruth 4  Some final thoughts re: the book…  Even though the period of The Judges was not Israel’s most flattering time spiritually, this book does remind us of 2 points – Ê A few can be faithful to the Lord even when everyone else around them is not

24 In The Days When The Judges Ruled Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Boaz Marries Ruth Ruth 4  Some final thoughts re: the book…  Even though the period of The Judges was not Israel’s most flattering time spiritually, this book does remind us of 2 points – Ë One can come to know & be totally committed to the Lord, leaving behind any kind of false religion

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