First Glance: Ruth 4

“I will redeem it,” he said. Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the land from Naomi, you will also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the dead man’s widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property.” At this, the guardian-redeemer said, “Then I cannot redeem it, because it might endanger…

First Glance: Ruth 3

 Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer. (Ruth 3:9b) Under cover of darkness, Ruth makes her way to the threshing floor where she’s been told, by her mother-in-law Naomi, that Boaz will be spending the night. After waiting for the man to fall asleep, she approached quietly, uncovered his feet…

First Glance: Ruth 2

“As it turned out, she was working in a field belong to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek” (Ruth 2:3b) God’s activity is subtle in the book of Ruth. Excellent timing here, faithful people there. Yet all the while, God continually works fullness and redemption for Ruth and Naomi. There is no more…