V 5. Then Boaz told him, “Of course, your purchase of the land from Naomi also requires that you marry Ruth, the Moabite widow. That way she can have children who will carry on her husband’s name and keep the land in the family.”
“Then I can’t redeem it,” the family redeemer replied, “because this might endanger my own estate. You redeem the land; I cannot do it.”
Our un-named farmer who was first in line to buy the land seems to have jumped in – good business deal he must have thought. But hold on, Boaz reminded him of his other obligation, he had to marry Ruth as well as buy the land. Did Boaz hold his breath for a moment? Was he about to lose Ruth and the land? No, never fear, God is in this too! Boaz got Ruth after all – God’s plan is on the move again. The writer summarises the whole story in vv 16,17. ‘ Naomi took the baby and cuddled him to her breast. And she cared for him as if he were her own. The neighbour women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David. ‘
What a happy-ever-after story! What confidence in God’s plans it gives.