Ruth 4:1-12 Now Boaz had gone up to the gate and sat down there. And behold, the redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, "Turn aside, friend; sit down here." And he turned aside and sat down...
In Old Testament times Jewish people observed something called the law of levirate marriage. Levirate marriage simply means this: If a man dies, and he has no children, it's the responsibility of one of his brothers to marry his widow, not just to care for her but also to raise children by her in the name of his dead brother. That means then that his dead brother will not lose his inheritance in Israel. That part of the inheritance that was allotted to all the tribes would be intact if the brother had a son and sons after that.
So, the law of levirate marriage is what Boaz is following when he goes to the gate and meets with the other relative of Naomi's husband who is closer in bloodline than Boaz.
So, what additional information or details did you discover about Boaz today? What does Boaz show us about operating honorably and following laws and established guidelines and procedures?Tami W.
Powered by 4 is all about engaging God's Word and living it out--in community. So if it's encouragement you want or motivation you need, join the discussion on the P4 Blog--a place to weigh in on the daily scripture as well as share thoughts & questions. And, for a more in-depth look at the Powered by 4 readings, tune in to the daily Back to the Bible radio program with Woodrow Kroll.