Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
9 Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, "Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion and Mahlon. 10 I have also acquired Ruth the Moabitess, Mahlon's widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from the town records. Today you are witnesses!"
11 Then the elders and all those at the gate said, "We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. 12 Through the offspring the LORD gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah."
Boaz secures Ruth. That does not sound very romantic, but that is what happened. Did Boaz ask Ruth if she wanted to be his wife? Not in the story. He was willing to take on all the property and the debt of her late husband.
Second paragraph is interesting. Ruth is compared to Rachel and Leah, the sisters that Jacob married. The second reference is to Perez. Perez was the child born to Tamar after she pretended to be a hooker to her father in law Judah after her husbands (plural) had died. When we look at these stories, these are not the kinds of things we would want our family tree to reveal. Actually, these are things most families would hide today. God used these situations to do great things. Tomorrow we will learn how this ties into Christ.
Prayer- Lord, even though we may not understand at the time, help us to take our lives and live them. We know that you do great things is different situations. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.