Ruth, the Moabite widow, has come to find refuge under the wings of the Almighty, promise-keeping God of Israel. This refuge has come in the form of great generosity on the part of Boaz, a godly landowner. But God has much more in store for faithful Ruth.
In this chapter, made up of 3 important conversations, we see the blending of the theological themes of refuge and redemption with the temporal experience of marriage. Perhaps in no other place in the Bible do we come to understand so well the significant role marriage plays in God’s extension of redeeming love to us.
The story of Ruth and Boaz also forces us to learn about the roots of “redemption” as the buying back of something that was previously owned and then lost. On the surface of the story it is land that is to be redeemed. But once again this is only meant to illustrate the redemption of lives that is accomplished by our great Redeemer God. Specifically, we will see the lives of both Ruth and Naomi “bought back” from tra