Chapter 4 is the conclusion of this great book. Boaz becomes the kinsman redeemer, marries Ruth, and has a son named Obed.
Chapter 4 Ruth’s Reward v13
Verses 1-12 Boaz redeems the inheritance of Elimelech, Chilion, and Mahlon.
And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, of the hand of Naomi. 10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day. (V9-10)
Verses 13-15 Boaz marries Ruth
So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son. (V13)
Verses 16-22 Ruth’s son Obed is David’s grandfather.
- Naomi nurses the child named Obed v17-18
- Genealogy of Pharez v19-22
And the women her neighbors gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.18 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David. (V17-22)
Ruth goes from being a hated Moabite to the ancestral line of Christ. God can save, redeem, and whoever He chooses. We should not be too quick to condemn others. They might be someone God is going to greatly use for His glory and honor.
Tomorrow, we will conclude our look at the book of Ruth.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001