Lent Day 16: Who is Boaz?
Luke 3 v 32 “the son of Boaz”
His name means quickness. Though there was some considerable waiting for him to step into the plan God had for him.
It was the intention of God that Boaz, an Ephrathite in Bethlehem, be married to a young Moabite woman named Ruth. It was God’s plan that they would have a son called Obed, who would be the father of Jesse, the father of King David and who’s genealogical line would eventually produce Jesus Christ of Nazareth, God’s Son.
How would that happen?
It would be by a meeting of man’s will and God’s will in a divine encounter.
God had to wait for Ruth to be born, grow up, then marry Mahlon, Elimech and Naomi’s son, wait a further 10 years for Mahlon to die, then wait for her to return with Naomi to Bethlehem.
He would then wait for Ruth to glean the fields. He had to wait for Ruth to enter the part of the field which belonged to Boaz. Finally comes that divine encounter between Ruth and Boaz which God fore-ordained which led to a beautiful love story.
But can you see the long road to that encounter? It wasn’t quick.
Maybe God had to protect situations to make sure the divine encounter took place. Maybe God had to send angels to protect Boaz’s business. Maybe during the famine Boaz thought of selling his fields and angels were sent to make sure there was no sale. “I need that field for in 10 years time there’s going to be a divine encounter there.”
Maybe for you, life isn’t quick.
You may be waiting for something to take place, waiting for God. Think for a moment, how long has God had to wait on us, the years of protecting situations, waiting for us to get into the right place for a divine encounter?
At a certain mealtime on a certain day out in the fields of work, Boaz called to Ruth, “Come over here. Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar.” 2:14
At mealtime, when Ruth was hungry Boaz called to her to come to him and eat his food. Likewise, Jesus is still calling out today: come to me, come over here.
In this Lentern period as we approach Easter let us remind ourselves of the call from Jesus for closeness.
“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6: 35
He is calling you today: Come over here. Share my food. It’s the invitation that you either respond to or you don’t. Ruth could have turned Boaz down and said ‘No thanks, I’ve got my own food here.’
Ruth had no idea just what Boaz could do for her and you have no idea just what God can do for you. He has been waiting for some time.
Can you imagine Naomi’s delight on hearing from Ruth about the man she had met that day? Can you imagine the sheer delight that the man who had given Ruth so much as she was working in his field is a close relative of Naomi’s?
“Tell me his name, tell me his name Ruth”.
“Naomi his name is Boaz”
“Tell me his name, what gives you such amazing hope? Who is he? Tell me his name” His name is Jesus. He is still living, and because He is living my hope is alive and active. His name is Jesus, though he is known by many names, the greatest of which is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is our Kinsman-Redeemer. He has been waiting for this moment. He called me and I went to Him.