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The Impressive Resume of Boaz
Series: Reclaimed - Uncovering Your Worth
Week 4: Foreshadowing: Ruth - Day 2
But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatsoever to him (Romans 5:8 MSG ).
Yesterday we looked at Naomi’s character, her relationships with her daughters-in-law, and her choice to move towards God instead of away from Him in the midst of her very painful and difficult circumstances. Today, we move to the second chapter of Ruth, which introduces us to another of our story’s lead characters. What is his name and what do we learn about him in Ruth 2:1?
What specific adjective is used to describe him?
The dictionary defines the word worthy as having adequate or great merit; character or value. I don’t think there is any coincidence that worthy is the word used to describe Boaz in the very first moment that we are introduced to him. The remainder of the chapter reads a lot like a resume-a very impressive, character-revealing resume. Boaz was worthy, not only of Ruth, but of his place in history, as the great-grandfather of King David. He would be the one to prepare the way for the true and rightful king. The One who would eventually enter the picture and whose rule would alter the relationship between God and humanity forever.
We will spend the remainder of our time today looking at what might be considered bullet points on the resume of Boaz, one of Ruth and Naomi’s redeemers. We will then examine how these characteristics foreshadow our true Redeemer. Read Ruth 2:2-4.
What is Ruth doing in these two verses?
In whose field does she end up? _________________________________________________
Ruth is gleaning in the fields after the reapers. In other words, she is collecting grain that has been left behind by those in charge of its gathering. Leviticus 19:9-10 provides insight into why we find her participating in this particular activity. Read it, and then, in the blank below, write the resume’s first bullet point with what you have observed about the character of Boaz through these verses.
The first word that comes to my mind is obedience and perhaps you landed on that same word or one like it. Boaz is obedient to God’s law. 1 John 5:3 says, ‘‘For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome’’ (ESV). Basically, we see Boaz’s love for God revealed through His obedience. Not only that, but it’s through his obedience that Ruth is given a chance to provide for herself and for Naomi.
As we move forward with our lesson for today, we will continue to fill in Boaz’s hypothetical resume and then examine ways the character of Boaz mirro ...
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