Boaz in The Bible

By lan Warner


Name: Boaz
Book in The Bible:
Ruth
Audience of Book:
God's chosen people, the Israelites
Date of Book:
During the time of Judges after David became king
Author of Book:
Unknown
Book is Between:
Judges and 1 Samuel
Associated With:
Ruth
Other Related People:
Naomi, David
Role in God's Story:
Ruth a Moabite lady, is used by God as an example of faithfulness during the period of Judges when God's people kept falling and needing to be delivered yet again. 

Ruth 2: 8-9

"So Boaz said to Ruth, "My daughter listen to me. Don't go and glean in another field. and don't go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women.I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled."


Introduction to Boaz in the Bible 

Boaz is seen in the book of Ruth. The book takes place during a time when there was a lot of foreign oppression. People who were in foreign lands were treated horribly during this time. 

To understand Boaz, you need to know Ruth and her situation. 

Ruth was a Moabite widow and she stayed with her mother-in law Naomi. Naomi was also a widow but she was a bit older than Ruth. They all had to leave the land they were in to go to Judah because the Lord was providing resources there. 

Naomi told Ruth that she should go back to her hometown. There she would not be a foreigner and would live a much better life. Naomi thanked her for being faithful and taking care of her even though her husband had passed. Naomi knew that Ruth still had a chance at finding a new husband.

Ruth decided that she would not leave Naomi on her own and that she would remain faithful to the mother of her dead husband. Naomi was very bitter at this time and she felt like the Lord and turned away from her.

As the two are adapting to new lands, they ran into a man by the name of Boaz. He makes a point to take care of Ruth. He had heard how she was so faithful to Naomi and he went out of his way to look out for the two widows. 

It was dangerous to be a widow because other men knew that no one was accounting for you. Widows were vulnerable and easily harmed and yet Boaz cared for them and kept them safe.  Boaz recognized that Ruth was a woman of excellent character. 

Important Context

At this time, women who were widows were treated poorly and often taken advantage of. 1 Timothy 5 specifically speaks to the heart God has for widows. Scripture speaks to this because it was easy to not care for them, specially in this time.

What You Can Learn From Boaz

Positives

  • Take care of the vulnerable
  • Love the foreigner who is in need
  • Recognize and reward those with noble character
  • Don't act like you're above anyone

Negatives

  • None mentioned in story

Important Bible Verses With Boaz

Boaz appears in Ruth chapters 2,3 and 4. 

Ruth 3:9-17:

“Who are you?” he asked.

“I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.”

10 “The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. 11 And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. 12 Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I. 13 Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.”

14 So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized; and he said, “No one must know that a woman came to the threshing floor.”

15 He also said, “Bring me the shawl you are wearing and hold it out.” When she did so, he poured into it six measures of barley and placed the bundle on her. Then he[went back to town.

16 When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “How did it go, my daughter?”

Then she told her everything Boaz had done for her 17 and added, “He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, ‘Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’”

How Boaz Points to Christ

Boaz points back to the love that Christ wants us to have for our neighbors, foreigners as well as widows. Throughout God's story you consistently see the God's people in foreign lands. They are persecuted in these lands and God rescues them from the hands of evil because he cares about that. 

God cares about those who are vulnerable. When you are in a foreign land you're vulnerable because you don't know where you are, you don't know the culture and you often have little money. He cares about widows because they have no male for protection and they are often more vulnerable. 

Matthew 28:16-20

 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 22:37-39

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

lan Warner

Ian Warner is a believer, husband, and father of three. He grew up running track in Toronto before earning a scholarship to Iowa State University. At Iowa State, he became an All-American and made the 2012 Olympic team. He currently helps people to build better habits and follow Jesus Christ.

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