LGD 137: Time For A Wedding

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Yesterday, we saw Boaz and Ruth begin their courtship in a unique way.

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Let’s re-join the story of Ruth and Boaz.

Boaz headed to the town gate to approach the man who was in line ahead of him to be the family redeemer for Ruth.

He gathered witnesses and asked if the other man would like to purchase or redeem the property Naomi was selling.

When the man indicated he would like to redeem the property, Boaz added one small, minor detail – he (the family redeemer) must marry Ruth so her family lineage can continue.

Whoa…hold the hourglass.

Um…that is probably going to be a problem. The other redeemer did not want to jeopardize his family legacy.

Boaz does a little happy dance. As was the custom of the day, the other redeemer passed Boaz his sandal in the elders’ presence.

“And with the land I have acquired Ruth, the Moabite widow of Mahlon, to be my wife. This way she can have a son to carry on the family name of her dead husband and to inherit the family property here in his hometown. You are all witnesses today.”

Ruth 4:10

And, with the approval of the town elders, Boaz and Ruth were to be married.

Even though I am not married, I appreciate the love story we find in Ruth’s book. Like my parents and grandparents, some couples have been married over fifty years while others say good-bye after a few years.

God intended marriage to be for a lifetime, but sometimes that doesn’t happen.

In the case of Ruth, she was a widow. When I was coaching high school girls cross country, my assistant coach was a young widow.

Her husband and his best friend were killed in a car accident by a drunk driver. Her story was tragic.

Then came a man that flipped her world upside-down. She found love for a second time, and they now have some beautiful kiddos.

The road to marriage looks different for each person. Some spend an entire lifetime together, and others are fortunate enough to find love a second time around.

God’s ways are not our ways.

Today, if you are married or dating, give your loved one a hug or a kiss, and tell them how much they mean to you.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of love and marriage. Thank you for the second chances. Help us to live and love like You. Strengthen our marriages and relationships during this extended season. Amen!

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