THE BOOK OF RUTH
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Welcome back to
Daily Bread and the final chapter in our study of the
story of Ruth. Looking back to our last study, Ruth was asking Boaz to
perform the duty of a husbandís brother, when he has deceased.
In the world today, things are much different than in Biblical times. To
marry a relative is looked down upon, and they claim that the children of
such marriages run the risk of birth defects. In times of old, however, it
was common to marry within the same tribe, in fact, this is what the Lord
commanded the children of Israel concerning marriage to anyone other than
Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter
thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy
son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve
other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and
destroy thee suddenly.
Now, the duty of the brother of a deceased man of Israel
25:5-10 If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have
no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry outside the family to a
stranger: her husband's brother shall go to her, and take her as his wife,
and perform the duty of an husband's brother to her. And it shall be, that
the firstborn which she bears shall succeed in the name of his brother which
is dead, so that his name carries on in Israel. And if the man doesnít wish
to marry his brother's wife, then let her go up to the gate of the city, to
the elders, and say, My husband's brother refuses to raise up for his
brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of my husband's
brother. Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak to him: and
if he doesnít change his mind; Then his brother's wife shall come to him in
the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit
in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done to the man that
will not build up his brother's house. And his name shall be called in
Israel, The house of him that has his shoe loosed.
Now, Boaz, being a righteous man, told Ruth that there was a closer
relative than him, and that if he wouldnít perform the duty of the kinsman,
then Boaz would himself. So the next morning, Boaz went to the city gate and
waited for the kinsman he told Ruth about. When He saw him, he called to him
and took him before the elders of the city. Then Boaz said, Naomi, who has
returned from the country of Moab is selling a plot of land, which was our
brother Elimelechís. And I thought to inform you, saying, Buy it in front of
the people and elders of my people. If you wish to redeem it, then redeem
it, but if you donít wish to, then tell me, so that I will know, because
there is nobody to redeem it beside you, and I am after you.
The kinsman said, I will redeem it. Then Boaz said, The day you buy the
field from the hand of Naomi, you must buy it also from Ruth the Moabitess,
the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.
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Then the kinsman said, I canít redeem it for myself, unless I forfeit my
own inheritance, so I pass my right to redeem it on to you, because I
cannot. Now this was the custom in the old days in Israel concerning
redeeming and transferring title: To confirm all things, a man plucked off
his shoe, and gave it to his neighbor, and this was a testimony in Israel.
So the kinsman took off his shoe and said to Boaz, Buy it for you.
Boaz said to the people and the elders, You are witnesses today, that I
have bought all that was Elimelechís, and all that was Chilionís and
Mahlonís, from Naomi. Also, Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, I have
purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead on his
inheritance, that the name of the dead is not cut off from among his
All the people and the elders said, We are witnesses. The Lord make the
woman that has come into your house like Rachel and Leah, who built the
house of Israel, and do worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem.
And let your house be like the house of Pharez, the son of Judah, of the
children which the Lord shall give you of this young woman.
So Ruth became the wife of Boaz, and the Lord gave her conception, and
she gave birth to a son. The women said to Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which
has not left you this day without a redeemer, that his name may be famous in
Israel. And he shall be to you a renewer of your life, and a supporter of
your old age, because your daughter in law, who loves you, which is better
to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.
And Naomi took the child, and took care of it. 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.
These are the 14 generations from Abraham to David:
Abraham begat Isaac
Isaac begat Jacob
Jacob begat Judah
Judah begat Pharez
Pharez begat Hezron
Hezron begat Ram
Ram begat Amminadab
Amminadab begat Nashon
Nashon begat Salmon
Salmon begat Boaz
Boaz begat Obed
Obed begat Jesse
Jesse begat David
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Thatís the story of the birth of king Davidís grandfather. After David
was born, twenty eight generations later, this same bloodline went all the
way to Jesus!
Congratulations on completing the study of The Book of Ruth! In our next
study, youíll be getting to know many familiar people from the Bible like
Eli, Samuel, Saul, David, Jonathan and many others when we open up The First
Book of Samuel, the ninth book of the Old Testament, right here at Daily
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