Did you know that Boaz was not Ruth’s closest relative? Since she was widowed, the closest living relative had the opportunity to marry her. Thanks to God that unnamed relative waved his right to marry her and Boaz wed Ruth, becoming her kinsman redeemer. And don’t forget that Jesus is part of the Ruth and Boaz line.
Ruth 4:1-6 reads,
Now Boaz had gone up to the gate and sat down there. And behold, the redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, “Turn aside, friend; sit down here.” And he turned aside and sat down.And he took ten men of the elders of the city and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down.Then he said to the redeemer, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our relative Elimelech.So I thought I would tell you of it and say, ‘Buy it in the presence of those sitting here and in the presence of the elders of my people.’ If you will redeem it, redeem it. But if youwill not, tell me, that I may know, for there is no one besides you to redeem it, and I come after you.” And he said, “I will redeem it.”Then Boaz said, “The day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the widow of the dead, in order to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance.”Then the redeemer said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I impair my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it.”
How good is our God?? He is good ALL THE TIME! All the time God is good!
Please join me for this second post in our back-to-school series and enjoy the FREE Bible study/journaling printables that are included with each post. This week we will be journaling and studying Ruth, and a little bit of Boaz.
Character Study: Ruth
Ruth was a Moabite woman who married Mahlon of Bethlehem. When her husband, father-in-law and brother-in-law died, she faithfully followed her mother-in-law, Naomi, to Bethlehem.
Ruth, a foreigner in Judah, first appears in Ruth 1:16. She was incredibly loyal and devoted to Naomi and stayed with her even after Naomi urged her to head home and after her sister-in-law, Orpah, chose to head back. Her name means companion and friend or satisfied.
- Ruth is the great grandmother of King David!
- Ruth traveled to Bethlehem with her mother-in-law, Naomi.
- Ruth was a widow of Mahlon.
- Ruth is part of Jesus’s genealogy!!
Ruth & Boaz
- Ruth gleaned in Boaz’s field.
- Boaz took an immediate liking to Ruth.
- Naomi instructed Ruth to go to the threshing floor.
- Once Boaz lied down, Ruth was to uncover his feet and lie down, which was bold and out of character. [ref. Ruth 3:3-4]
- Boaz was not Ruth’s closest relative.
- Boaz married Ruth only after the unnamed relative waved his right to marry her.
- Ruth and Boaz had a son named Obed.
Ruth’s Bible Study Printables
Like in Noah Creative Character Study, each post in this Back-to-School series include FREE printables, both creative ones and notes, to help you get started with your own study of Ruth.
- A yearbook page including the four Bible characters from this series.
- Ruth’s quick-look about me page and coordinating notes page
- A handdrawn contemporary portrait of Ruth that you can print or trace in your own Bible
[My 21 year old daughter, Antonette, drew all the characters in this series. You can find her on IG @notthesameasyesterday]
Now it’s your turn again! Take the free Bible study printables and begin your own study of Ruth. There is a second notes page for you to add your own findings. Then add Ruth’s portrait to your Bible and include any notes you want to remember in the margins.
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