Ruth 4* The kinsman refuses to redeem Ruth's inheritance. (1-8) Boazmarries Ruth. (9-12) Birth of Obed. (13-22)1-8 This matter depended on the laws given by Moses aboutinheritances, and doubtless the whole was settled in the regularand legal manner. This kinsman, when he heard the conditions ofthe bargain, refused it. In like manner many are shy of thegreat redemption; they are not willing to espouse religion; theyhave heard well of it, and have nothing to say against it; theywill give it their good word, but they are willing to part withit, and cannot be bound to it, for fear of marring their owninheritance in this world. The right was resigned to Boaz. Fairand open dealing in all matters of contract and trade, is whatall must make conscience of, who would approve themselves trueIsraelites, without guile. Honesty will be found the bestpolicy. 9-12 Men are ready to seize opportunities for increasing theirestates, but few know the value of godliness. Such are the wisemen of this world, whom the Lord charges with folly. They attendnot to the concerns of their souls, but reject the salvation ofChrist, for fear of marring their inheritance. But God did Boazthe honour to bring him into the line of the Messiah, while thekinsman, who was afraid of lessening himself, and marring hisinheritance, has his name, family, and inheritance forgotten. 13-22 Ruth bore a son, through whom thousands and myriads wereborn to God; and in being the lineal ancestor of Christ, she wasinstrumental in the happiness of all that shall be saved by him;even of us Gentiles, as well as those of Jewish descent. She wasa witness for God to the Gentile world, that he had not utterlyforsaken them, but that in due time they should become one withhis chosen people, and partake of his salvation. Prayer to Godattended the marriage, and praise to him attended the birth ofthe child. What a pity it is that pious language should not bemore used among Christians, or that it should be let fall intoformality! Here is the descent of David from Ruth. And theperiod came when Bethlehem-Judah displayed greater wonders thanthose in the history of Ruth, when the outcast babe of anotherforlorn female of the same race appeared, controlling thecounsels of the Roman master of the world, and drawing princesand wise men from the east, with treasures of gold, andfrankincense, and myrrh to his feet. His name shall endure forever, and all nations shall call Him blessed. In that Seed shallall the nations of the earth be blessed.
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